The Biological Clock

24 May

Biological clock is one of the things that has helped us to survive over millennia. Before we learnt time, it helped us sync with the nature for our daily survival. Sun was the one responsible for regulating this. But since the civilization, since we moved away from the sun inside our huts and forts, since we discovered fire and manual lighting, this clock has kept getting altered.

However, the damage had never been this disappointingly significant. The growing populations coupled with the invention of electricity, has done the most damage.  The earlier necessitated us to move in skyscrapers and the latter eased this. We started making the rules of light. Inside houses, on the roads, at the work… Body responded to the change. The clock change more than ever. One of the evils of the light pollution.

Still, the choice of the “clock” remained voluntary. And the damages were not widespread. Especially since most of the fun, work and interactions still happened during day. But the TV and internet have been the last nails in the coffin. Now, the world is at our fingertips; the fun is here, the work is here, the “interaction” or whatever is left of it, is here. Now our lives need not to be in any sync with the sun whatsoever. The day is of 24 hours. We can use it the way we ever wanted. Polyphasic sleep, power naps, 24 hours with our smartphones and laptops. The ultimate flexibility.

Or is it? An ancient saying says, the rules are the thing which shape our lives. Without this we are nothing- like a river without boundaries brings only curse! This “damage” in biological clocks has created more sleep-disorders than any other time in history of our civilization. A poor sleep has impacted on many other aspects of our health. The stress level, BP, sugar, shorter attention spans and what-nots.

But then the sleep disorders are blamed to a zillion  other things- our food habits, our work pattern, lifestyle of course, the artificial lighting etc. So, without this evil is the damaged or vanished biological clock a good thing? Well maybe…

As I see, night is the more appropriate time for working. World is calmer, temperature is favorable (more if you live on my side of globe), thoughts are  more linear, the disturbing elements, bosses, professors and parents, are quieter. As one of my friend had said, “My work intensity is inversely proportional to sunlight”.  At least our generation can enjoy this benefit, for the later ones this may become other way. 🙂

So where do I stand? Not very conclusive. The damage has hurt me, but I am enjoying it. 😛

What other impact does the vanishing biological clock will have on our lives, maybe we will find out over next few decades.

Meanwhile, here is one with the ultimate Wally, of course with a hampered biological clock.

And, here is an article I wrote couple of years back on how to sleep for longer hours.

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4 Responses to “The Biological Clock”

  1. Aks May 24, 2012 at 10:36 PM #

    For the couple of seconds that the page took to load you had me wondering why a hale and hearty young fellow would write about the biological clock…the quintessential favourite women’s issue. But then it turns out it had a different content. Don’t be surprised if your post drives traffic that way. Or wait, knowing you, is it planned? 😉

    • Shiv May 25, 2012 at 10:35 AM #

      OMG! it means “that”, doesn’t it? I somehow overlooked that. And yes, attracting “that” traffic won’t be bad, but I do not want to miss “this” traffic. 😉

      BTW did you say you know me! how?

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