Clock Gene: What it means and how can the Youth deal with it?
“Wake up early and tackle the day before it tackles you. Be on offense, not defense.” – Evan Carmichael
You must have often heard that early risers make for most successful people in the world. But, as young adults with a lot of responsibilities; it actually gets difficult to always manage a healthy sleep schedule. Ofcourse our screen time and the influence of technology has also got a role to play with how our clock gene works, but with the right management; we are here to tell you that you can tackle the day just the way you want to! Let’s start by looking at the concept of clock gene to get a better hang of how you can manage your sleep cycle.
Concept of Clock Gene
Our internal circadian body clock helps in regulating the time periods where we sleep and stay up, throughout the day. The circadian rhythm tends to fall and rise at different hours of the day for different people; so the strongest sleep drive for most young adults occurs between early morning hours of 2:00 am-4:00 am as well as in the afternoon between 1:00 pm-3:00 pm. So, the body’s internal clock lets us know about the rest we need in the form of sleepiness we experience during these circadian dips.
Clock gene in teenage
The changes in the circadian rhythm typically start as a person enters the youth; but the best part is that the young body is so flexible; that it is able to manage the sleep cycle as per the schedule they need to adapt to. Let’s look at some ways to deal better with your clock gene and get it working in your favor:
Get your sleep schedule and screen time in balance
One of the most basic things that the youth can do is optimizing their screen time. Shutting off the internet or the mobile and wrapping up their binding schedules two hours before they sleep.
Exercise properly and have a nutritious diet
Even if you wake up late, you can switch a breakfast and late lunch for a healthy brunch. Additionally, you can go for a light dinner if you want to sleep early. This will surely help you sleep better. Also, getting a good morning workout or even an evening workout 4-5 hours before your sleep can help you get a relaxed sleep.
Try picking up a relaxing hobby
While your clock gene has a lot to do with your sleep cycle, it is ideal to optimize your sleep as well. It’s best to pick up a hobby like painting or writing; whatever you like as this can surely help you be relaxed and get better sleep.
Get a timetable in place
Additionally, ever since we were students; we understood that either we could study well in the morning or in the evenings. So that was one of the best ways to figure out when your brain works the best. Draw out a timetable as it can surely help you optimize your sleep schedule better.
The idea is to allow yourself to get enough sleep so that you can work out everything else in order too. All of these aforementioned measures can surely help you get your body clock running well for you. Additionally, we are here for you, to help you understand your genetic cycle better so that you can plan a schedule that gives you the most productive outcomes.
Since, young teenage and adulthood- both can be a confusing age regarding the steps ahead in life; we do recommend you to undertake a proper diagnosis to help understand your clock gene better. We can help you with the same, so that you can enjoy a much more efficient functioning in life, once you are in tandem with your clock gene.
Drafted By : Dr. Amol Raut
Edited By : Dr. Amol Raut
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