How’s your sleep?😴
For some people, feeling a little sluggish just means getting an extra cup of coffee.
But sleep isn’t just important for feeling good, it’s critical for your overall health. That’s why if you’re struggling with a chronic condition, pain or inflammation, getting a good night’s sleep is more than just a luxury – it’s a necessity!
Getting Reacquainted with Circadian Rhythm
Before we dive into the study, let’s make sure you understand what your circadian rhythm does since you may not have read much about it since high school biology class!
The circadian rhythm is a 24-hour cycle in the physiological processes of all living beings—including plants, fungi, animals, cyanobacteria, and human beings.
Circadian rhythms can be modulated, to some extent, by external cues like temperatures and sunlight.
However, they generally originate from within a cell, tissue, or organism.
The sleeping and feeding patterns of all animals—including humans—are determined by circadian rhythms, plus cell regeneration, hormone production, brain wave activity, and other biological activities are also linked to this daily cycle.
Your Circadian Rhythm is Responsible for Feeling Drowsy in the Afternoon
Perhaps you have noticed that you feel drowsy—or energized—around the same time each day. You can thank your circadian rhythm (which is sometimes known as the sleep/wake cycle) for this.
For most adults, the biggest dip in energy occurs between 2:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. and around lunchtime, from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
This is true of most people, who are asleep during the morning energy drop cycle and want a nap during the afternoon energy drop cycle.
Adults who are consistent night owls, or those who always wake up quite early, will have their circadian rhythms adjusted, to some extent. Further, those who are caught up on their sleep are less likely to notice the dips in energy.
And, if you’re someone struggling with a chronic health condition, your sleep patterns may be so badly disrupted you’re not sure what’s “normal” anymore!
The Brain Sends Melatonin to the Body When It Gets Dark to Make You Tired Enough to Sleep
When it gets dark at night, the human eye sends a signal to the hypothalamus that it is time to sleep. In response, the brain sends a signal to the body to release melatonin, which makes you tired enough to sleep.
Shift workers can find it very difficult to sleep during the day and stay awake at night because of the body’s response to light and dark, which is controlled by the circadian rhythm.
Most people will find their circadian rhythm changes somewhat as they age, and that they may not have the same sleep/wake cycle as partners and family members.
Mitochondria: NAD+ Lights Their Tiny Furnaces, Providing Energy
Our cells each have a tiny furnace known as mitochondria.
A Northwestern University research team identified a new mode of timekeeping involving priming those little furnaces to use stored fuel properly when we are not eating. The team discovered that finding the “match” to light these little furnaces is only available when our circadian clock says so.
The circadian clock supplies the “match” to light the furnace, and on the match tip is a critical compound called NAD+.
The study from Northwestern found that NAD+ combines with an enzyme in mitochondria known as Sirtuin 3, which then acts as the “flint” to light the furnace. When the circadian clock is disrupted, the result is a lack of NAD+. Click here to read more about how NAD+ works.
Increasing your NAD+ levels with food is one option, but doesn’t always provide enough of the raw materials your body needs. That’s where NAD+ supplements come in… they provide a boost to NAD+ levels which in turn gives the body the energy it needs to function.
How NAD+ May Support Your Circadian Rhythm & Your Overall Health
Circadian Rhythms are all about the ebb & flow of energy, and there are few options better for increasing energy production than NAD+.
NAD+ levels decrease as we age. Since mitochondrial dysfunction can result from declining NAD+ levels (leading to chronic illness and autoimmune diseases), supplementing with NAD+ can be crucial for fueling the brain and body. NAD+ helps keep all our “parts” in balance and our mitochondria healthy, which leads to better overall health and calmed neurotransmitters.
You can get NAD+ from food, but if you’re looking for a boost to your NAD+ levels, you’ll find 25mg of NAD+ in each dose of Myetin®.
Myetin® is the first product of its kind to combine the active form of NAD+ with a high dose of D-Biotin. In addition to 25mg of NAD+ in each dose, you also get 150mg of nutrient-packed high dose biotin. Click here to find out more about Myetin®.