The secret of the inner clock has led to the science of Chronobiology which provides new approaches to therapy.
"Living organisms take heed of their biological clock - except humans, in many cases." avr
Dr Abe V. Rotor
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Each one of us is governed by a built-in clock within us. Everything we do is “timed;” it has a schedule.
Author with his students, UST Graduate School, 2010
And this living clock controls our actions and behaviors. It is the key to survival; a tool in evolution so that it is ingrained in our genes. If that is so, are our biological clocks
Generally, yes. And that is why we all respond to common rules that society has set for us. We respond to the seasons of the year, each characterized by events we celebrate. We have standard working hours, and curfew. Weekends are set aside for rest and leisure. Summer means vacation. We observe three meals a day, coffee breaks, siestas, and the like.
Menstrual cycle, estrus periods, stages in growth and development – all these are controlled by inner rhythms dictated by that biological clock. So patterned are our laws and rules that we know well the best season to plant or to hunt, to plan weddings and inaugurations, to travel, to go to school, to have a date, to meditate, to be merry.
There is a saying,
“There’s time for everything.”
To every thing there is a season, and a time to
every purpose under the heaven.
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant,
and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to
break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to
mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to
gather stones together; a time to embrace,
and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep,
and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep
silence, and time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war,
and a time of peace.
Yes, we are governed by inner rhythms which are classified into the following:
Ultradian - Less than a heartbeat
Fluctuation of energy
Circadian (daily) day
Blood pressure level
Sleep wake cycle
Circaseptan (weekly ) about a week
Rejection of kidney, heart, and pancreas transplants
Circatrigintan (monthly) about a month
Circannual (annual) about a year
Susceptibility to some diseases
Living organisms take heed of their biological clock - except humans, in many cases. ~
How can we apply chronobiology in our lives. Let's take a look at these examples.
1. Mental block. Memory lapses. Get focused, relax and free yourself of distactions.
2. Spark of genius. Learn from Archimedes (Eureka!), Handel (Alleluiah)
3. Surpassing ones record. What's your score? Athletes are keen at establishing new recods of their own, such as in track and field, swimming, and shooting.
4. Compatibility. Formula of team work, applies to "love chemistry," too.
5. Topping a board examination. Or failing. Ride on life's high tide and low ebb.
6, Monday blues. Also morning blues, a sad feeling or just "lazy bones."
7. Glowing. Wow! You look specially pretty today. Beware of the opposite.
8. Exceptional performance. The audience roars, Bravo, Encore. It's your show!
9. Carpe diem. Seize the moment. Opportunity knocks but once. Enjoy the day.
10. Not in the mood. Change to a favorable one. Have some respite.
11. Accident prone. Be careful, be mindful always. It's Friday, the 13.
12. Surprise, surprise. Things are changing fast. Be amazed, thrilled. Rejoice.