Diabetic Living - - Good Advice -

Turns out your body clock – or cir­ca­dian rhythm as it’s tech­ni­cally called – does much more than reg­u­late when you feel drowsy and when you feel awake. It also con­trols your me­tab­o­lism, your ap­petite and even has a role to play in blood glu­cose con­trol. So when it’s out of whack, as well as los­ing some sleep, your risk of ev­ery­thing from heart dis­ease to obe­sity and even some can­cers can start to climb. To make sure your body clock’s keep­ing good time…

• Ex­er­cise in the af­ter­noon Com­pared to work­ing out at other times of the day, be­ing phys­i­cally ac­tive be­tween lunch and din­ner helps keep your cir­ca­dian rhythm on an even keel, say US re­searchers.

• Avoid the snooze but­ton Sleep­ing in may feel fan­tas­tic, but re­search shows that it wreaks havoc with your body clock. If you feel like you need some ex­tra shut-eye, go to bed ear­lier in­stead.

• And when you do get up Make throw­ing open the cur­tains a pri­or­ity. Ex­po­sure to day­light first thing sup­presses mela­tonin, the hor­mone that en­cour­ages sleep, so it’s eas­ier to get up. Plus, it makes fall­ing asleep at night eas­ier, too.

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