I remember many years ago when I told a nature minded friend of mine how much of a night owl I was. His reply surprised me as it was more of a proposition. He said I bet you that if I took you camping for a few nights you'd be asleep by 8-9pm easy, you'd be attuned to nature's natural cycles.
He was right. I did go camping and was surprised that after only a few days everything shifted in my perceived sleep pattern.
In a recent lecture I watched with Kathy Swift, a phenomenal holistically minded functional nutrition registered dietician and author of a new book titled The Inside Tract, I was reminded of how these daily rhythms are so important for our health and wellbeing.
Every organism on our planet is subject to circadian and seasonal cycles of life, yet humans seem to be taking extensive liberties in continually violating natural patterns, but now there are consequences at hand.
More and more research is showing how the gut functions in intricate electrical waves responsible for transport of nutrients and waste in conjunction with hormones which are released based on our daily rhythms. From our ability to digest better, absorption of nutrients, to cleaning up and appetite regulation everything in the gut is subject to shifts based on daily rhythms.
Some studies are now showing because continual sleep disturbance or late night shift work the body is more prone to GI disturbances "such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or peptic ulcer disease. In addition, circadian disruption accelerates aging, and promotes tumorigenesis in the liver and GIT."*
So if you too are a so called 'night owl', go out into nature, reset the clock, and at least 4 days of out your 7 day week get to bed by 9:30 or 10pm.
Honor nature's intelligence and it will support you to be vital and healthy. Win/win!