Keeping in Time with your Body Clock

Paperback | January 1, 2003

byJ.M. Waterhouse, D.S. Minors, M.E. Waterhouse

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Why am I always tired? Why can't I sleep at night? Why do I suffer from jetlag? We all have a body clock, a biological structure that controls how we feel, our mental and physical performance, and whether we are active or asleep. This is nature's response to our rhythmic environment, dominated by day and night. Though the body clock normally adjusts us to daytime activity andnight time sleep, it can go wrong or be tricked by lifestyle changes. This can result in jetlag, some forms of insomnia and even depression. Keeping in time with your body clock provides clear and accessible advice on how to live with, and not against, your body clock. In a clear and accessible style, it explains how the body clock works, how and why it can work against you, and the measures you can take to optimise your feeling ofhealth and wellbeing. It also explains the role of the body clock in illness, and how an understanding of this can increase your feeling of health. An essential book for anyone who wants to better understand their body and optimise their feeling of health and wellbeing.

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Why am I always tired? Why can't I sleep at night? Why do I suffer from jetlag? We all have a body clock, a biological structure that controls how we feel, our mental and physical performance, and whether we are active or asleep. This is nature's response to our rhythmic environment, dominated by day and night. Though the body clock n...

J. Waterhouse is a Senior Lecturer in Physiology, Liverpool John Moore's University. D. Minors is a Senior Lecturer in Physiology, University of Manchester. T. Reilly and G. Atkinson are both Professors of Sports Science at Liverpool John Moore's University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:206 pages, 7.68 × 5 × 0.5 inPublished:January 1, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198510748

ISBN - 13:9780198510741

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How to use this bookPart I: Your body clock in health1. The internal and external causes of body rhythms2. Some properties of the body clock3. Fatigue, sleep, and hormones4. Your body clock, the waking period, and physical activity5. Your body clock and mental activity6. Food, metabolism, and the removal of waste7. Your body clock at different stages of your life8. Your body clock - some more detailsPart II: Your body clock in disorder9. Abnormalities of daily rhythms10. Long-haul flights and time-zone transitions - the problem11. Time-zone transitions - advice12. Night work - the problems13. Night work - advice14. Daily rhythms and medicineIndex