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Why You Should Fix Your Inconsistent Sleep Schedule – Facts So Romantic @ Nautilus.

Initially, scientists thought these broken circadian clocks were most concerning in night-shift workers, flight attendants, and frequent flyers—people whose jobs resulted in large and regular disruptions to their sleep-wake timing. But research seems to be revealing that, to some degree, all of us are being affected.

Last month, a group at the University of Pittsburgh showed that, even in daytime workers, there is a link between a disruption in circadian rhythm and known metabolic risk factors for obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. Roenneberg was not surprised. “We had already known from various epidemiological and experimental studies that metabolism—and especially glucose/insulin metabolism—is challenged by living against one’s clock,” he told Reuters. By regularly changing the times we sleep, wake, and eat, we break the synchrony that our master clock sets for the peripheral clocks throughout the body. Instead of following the master clock, they align with our social clocks, disrupting the highly interconnected and complex pathways of human physiology.

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First up, Nautilus is just rocking, what a great science “magazine”. Next up, sleep is going to be the problem to solve and helper-gadget to create, we’ll hear a lot about it this year, Apple will be jumping on this (more) with OS updates to help sleep for traveler and bio-devices from 3rd party makers to collectively alert and move us towards optimizing sleep. What if the tiny screens need to just turn off more, sometime this year a phone maker will make a health phone that is all about quant self.