11 RHYTHM OF THE (DAY AND) NIGHT

Women's Health (UK) - - WELL ON TREND -

Cir­ca­dian rhythms; not a kind of reg­gae, but the 24-hour cy­cle of phys­i­o­log­i­cal pro­cesses that’s in­flu­enced by ex­ter­nal cues like sun­light and tem­per­a­ture – and thanks to the sci­en­tific spot­light be­ing shone on new No­bel Prizewin­ning re­search, you’re about to hear a whole lot more about them. ‘We’re learn­ing that your mood and your per­for­mance don’t re­main con­stant over the course of a day,’ says Daniel Pink, au­thor of When: The Sci­en­tific Se­crets Of Per­fect Tim­ing. ‘As peo­ple have tried to im­prove their per­for­mance – at work, in school, in sport – they’ve fo­cused largely on what they do and how they do it. But re­search is show­ing that when you do things can make a big dif­fer­ence,’ he says. The up­shot? Tune into the rhythm and reap the re­wards in your body, mind and on the dance floor.

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