Irregular services, jet lag, irregular life, it has a direct impact on our health. Often a disturbance is unavoidable: You simply do not lie down when the baby needs to be fed. We all know how debilitating that can be. When you have night shifts or frequent flights to distant destinations, that is also an attack on resilience and in the long term it has a negative effect. A range of complaints is related to jet lag, e.g. a weakening of the immune system, mood swings, metabolic problems, disorientation. It is estimated that about half the population in large cities has a day-night rhythm that does not match their daily schedule. You can have a lot of trouble with that. This is called “social jet lag” (Philips, M.L, 2009: Circadian rythms: or owls, larks and alarm clocks. Nature, 458, 142-144).
We are familiar with the organ clock and the fact that within 24 hours every meridian has its own energy peak. A familiar phenomenon for us is that someone often wakes up at the time of a meridian with an energy deficit or a clear disbalance. In our brains, to be precise in the suprachiasmatic core, is the central clock of our body. It is set every day by daylight. In addition, all cells and organs have their own internal clock, driven by a set of genes called the clock genes. These clock genes in turn give rhythm to other genes. It is now known that between 10 and 20% of all our genes in an organ are switched on and off in a day rhythm. You can say that every process in our body is influenced by the daily routine. If that is an open door, then still an open door with a Raymedy solution behind it.