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Circadian science Lighting Technology

My New Year’s (Circadian) Resolution

Although circadian rhythms are being recognized more and more for their relevance to jet lag, shift work, the grogginess people feel after daylight saving time transitions, and health and medicine at large, it’s still a long way behind sleep in entering popular discourse. People know “8 hours a night,” but they don’t know “align your […]

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Circadian science Sleeping troubles

How to beat jet lag

Ah travel—booking tickets, hopping on a plane, immersing yourself in a new locale, and…feeling more tired than you’ve ever felt before. Jet lag is our name for all of the circadian disruption—and subsequent fatigue—that comes from traveling and changing time zones. While we can’t help with the physical toll being in an airplane seat for […]

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Circadian science Lighting Sleeping troubles

Sync your batteries, Shift your awareness

When are you most productive? Are you an early bird, a night owl, or somewhere in between? Your prime productivity window each day may be different from mine, and it may even shift during your lifetime. For example, my current prime productivity period is from roughly 9am to 12pm each day, but ten years ago […]

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Circadian science

The Future of Circadian Rhythms in Healthcare (It’s more than just sleep!)

Sleep is heavily influenced by your circadian rhythms, but it’s not the only function in your body that falls into that category. In fact, circadian rhythms govern almost every process our body carries out over the day, including metabolism, immune response, DNA repair, and physical performance. One topic that’s been getting a lot of buzz […]

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Circadian science Interviews Technology

Interview With Bharath A.

Thanks so much for joining us this morning! Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and your research interests? I am currently a theoretical and computational chronobiologist. I work in the area of circadian clocks. My PhD was in the field of wireless communications with a focus on designing new technology to provide […]

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Circadian science Shift Work

Running the numbers on health care shift workers

At Arcascope, we’re focused on helping shift workers get more sleep and feel better with circadian-specific interventions. In particular, we’ve spoken to a lot of shift workers in the healthcare industry about their experiences working nights.  A lot of the lessons we’ve learned are echoed in this recent survey we ran with 218 nurses who […]

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Circadian science Shift Work

Feeling Flat

Over and over again, I’ve heard shift workers say something like the following:  “I have no rhythms.”  “It’s just a constant experience of bleh.” “I get off shift, and more than tired, I just feel… flat.” “Ah,” I think when I hear this. “The amplitudes of their circadian rhythms have been squashed.” To steal an […]

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Circadian science Technology

Visualizing MESA: Part 2

We’ve already looked at the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) dataset—an absolute treasure trove of sleep data, available from the NSRR at sleepdata.org—once, through the lens of sleep duration. But what about other dimensions of sleep health? After all, sleep regularity may be just as important as sleep duration in a number of contexts. We […]

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Circadian science Shift Work

A space for shift workers, Pt. 2

Here again is our blog feature where we look on the internet for what folks are saying about their shift work, and try to speak to their experiences with the power of circadian science. First up:  Reddit User: My shift is usually 7pm-3:15am. when i get off work i shower, eat, and watch some Netflix […]

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Circadian science Sleeping troubles

Sleep Regularity + Students = An A+ Idea

College, as any student can attest to, is a hectic life. Look no further than my past spring semester for a prime example of this. Taking multiple difficult classes while managing club activities and a social life was a whirlwind that was both exhausting and invigorating at the same time. The thorn in my side, […]