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CHRONOBIOLOGY: The Clocks That Make Us Run
This topic about the clocks that is within nature’s creatures, humans, and plant life that assist the effortlessly move through the day-to-day rotation of life, it is truly an interesting, innovative topic. Before we move further in attempting to understanding the clocks that make us run, let’s take a look at the definition of circadian rhythm in hopes that we can understand our topic. According to Dictionary.com, the Circadian rhythm is “A daily cycle of biological activity based on a 24-hour period and influenced by regular variations in the environment, such as the alternation of night and day. Circadian rhythms include sleeping and waking in animals, flower closing, and opening in angiosperms, and tissue growth and differentiation in fungi.”
According to Rifkin (1987) “living things seem to composed of myriad internal biological clocks en-trained to work in precise coordination with the rhythms of the external physical world. Interesting enough I wanted to test the daily cycle, so for about a two-week period I wanted to see what time did my body wake itself up. I actually went on a cruise for one the weeks, and I really didn’t have a sense of time on the cruise ship, one reason because I couldn’t use my cell phone and the other was when I vacation I have a tendency not to want stay on a schedule. I can tell you my standard time in awakening every day for work is around 6 am about when the sun starts to rise, and it just so happened that my body did wake itself while on vacation around 6 am every day for the week. When I returned from vacation, I placed super dark curtains over my bedroom window, and I attempted to stay up past my regular bedtime. I also did not use my alarm clock which is my phone, and interesting enough my inner clock awakened my body around 6 am to 6:15 am, now I am assuming the lateness of my bedtime played a role in the 6 to the 6:15 am difference. This little scientific test really intrigued me and I look at nature in a different way.
In conclusion just conducting my own investigation of how the inner clock and how it works with nature’s clock was very impressive. I never paid too much attention to how we are connected to nature. This article has certainly shed new light on nature’s secrets.
Rifkin, Jeremy (1987) Time Wars the Primary Conflict in Human History: Henry Holt and Company, Inc., New York, New York
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