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Optimizing Our Biological Clock

Feb 26, 2021 08:30AM ● By Dr. Joanne Flanagan
Our lives are governed by the clock. We eat, sleep, exercise, work, play and do everything else according to a time schedule imposed on us by our environment, family, friends, the hours that stores are open, etc. For most of us, such strict adherence to the time of the day may create an incredible amount of stress and drain our energy.

Each individual’s energy peaks occur at different times. Everyone knows a “morning person” that wakes up cheery and very energetic. Everyone also knows an “evening person” that can hardly get out of bed in the morning and tends to be sluggish for the first several hours of the day. For both, the tables turn late in the evening: Morning people can barely keep their eyes open, while evening people are full of energy.

Whether we are a morning person or an evening person is determined by our internal biological clock, called a circadian rhythm (from Latin circa dias, “about a day”). These rhythms derive from a complex system of internal pacemakers that regulate the timing of hundreds of biological behaviors and processes, including the sleep/wake cycle, growth, cell division, strength, moods and actions. They also affect our susceptibility to stress and illness. The scientific study of these biological rhythms is called chronobiology.

Most people are either moderate morning or evening types, others are neutral, and approximately 20 percent of the population fall into either “extreme” category.

There is little we can do to change some of the physiological aspects that are linked to distinct biological rhythms programmed into our genes. Circadian rhythms behave like an oscillator, causing daily fluctuations, with each cycle lasting for different amounts of time. We can, however, adjust physical and mental limits according to how we feel.

By mastering these rhythms, we can optimize our potential to manage stress and achieve peak performance. Maintaining a regular schedule, exposing ourselves to natural light in the morning, and avoiding blue light and screens in the late evening can help to balance our internal clock. In addition, it’s best to schedule the most challenging tasks for times when we have the most energy.

Answer these questions to build awareness of your individual rhythm:

  • Are you a day or night person?
  • Do you have more energy at a particular time of day?
  • Does food taste better later in The day?
  • Do you feel an energy drain in the early afternoon?
  • Do you think and remember things better at a certain time of day?
  • Do you feel more productive at a particular time of day, regardless of the tasks you are performing?
  • Does your sex drive feel stronger at a certain time of day?

Dr. Joanne Flanagan is a Wisconsin-based psychologist, author and founder of Super Bodies Inc. and Equilibrex. She helps community members conquer stress, protect from electromagnetic radiation and balance their life force energy through education and the use of the Equilibrex Pendant. Her website offers information regarding tests done with the pendant that indicate that it can help increase one’s resistance to stress and complement mind-body and exercise programs to support a healthy lifestyle. Contact Dr. Flanagan at 414-349-4932 or visit to learn more.