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Social Jet Lag Is Ruining Your Health

social clock body clock Social Jet Lag Is Ruining Your Health

Your alarm clock screams at you to WAKE UP!!!!

Unfortunately, it’s 5:30 in the morning and your internal body clock is telling you that it’s the middle of the night and that you should be asleep.

1 of 2 things happens.

  1. You throw the alarm clock across the room, go back to sleep, are late for work, get fired, become homeless and generally ruin for life
  2. You crawl out of bed, pour yourself a cup of coffee, light a smoke and choke down a bowl of Fruity Pebbles

According to the research published in the journal Cell, 2/3 of the people who choose option #2 are rewarded with a serious discrepancy between their:

  • Natural Body Clock – which is synchronized to the rotation of the earth (the sun clock)
  • Social Clock – aka alarm clock, work schedule, night life, etc…
The researchers have named this discrepancy - Social Jet Lag …. and it’s this social jet leg that make us more prone to:

  • drinking large amounts of coffee and caffeinated energy drinks
  • smoking tobacco
  • drinking alcohol

Even worse than that, it also makes it them prone to:

  • Obesity
  • Depression
  • Hypertension
  • Heart Disease

The Scientific Solution???

For our health, the researchers say that we should try to coordinate our social clock to our natural body clock.

Unfortunately, I don’t know too many employers who would be happy having employees come into work as per their individual body clocks.

My Solution???

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Doug Robb is a personal trainer, a fitness blogger and author, a competitive athlete, and a student of nutrition and exercise science. He's also the co-founder of the Hive Health Media. Since 2008, Doug has expanded his impact by bringing his real-world experience online via the health & fitness blog – Health Habits.