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  • Writer's pictureTracy Miller

Circadian Rhythm…What is it, Why is it important?

There are at least three keys to understanding Circadian rhythm…defining it, discovering what impacts it and making slight changes to get that rhythm in a pattern that will benefit your sleep cycle. Why? Because the Circadian rhythm has a lot to do with your sleep cycle and other health-related issues.

Rhythm is defined by anything that exhibits a strong, regular, and repeated pattern or either movement or sound. Your Circadian rhythm is a pattern of physical, mental, or behavioral processes that follow a 24-hour or daily cycle.

These are natural processes that respond most strongly to light and dark. However, what is less well known is that the Circadian rhythm also responds to what—and when—you eat. Most people know that having a cup of coffee or other highly caffeinated beverage late in the day can spell frustration when your head hits the pillow at night. But did you know your mealtimes matter as well?

When we sit down to a meal or have a snack, this signals the major organs like the liver, muscles, heart, and kidneys that it is time to work. Eating close to bedtime is a bad idea because your body cannot wind down, but rather gets into gear to process the food or beverage. In fact, regular mealtimes as a rule of thumb, aid with consistent sleep patterns and other health concerns.

Pay close attention to eating patterns to keep your Circadian rhythm adjusted in a way that proves beneficial for your body and your sleep cycle by:

· Establishing consistent mealtimes

· Avoiding meals or snacks for at least two hours before bedtime

· Eating nutrient-rich foods that keep the body full longer, so you don’t have those late-night cravings

And, of course, set yourself up for success by making your bedroom a restful, comfortable spot. One of my favorite materials to sleep with is Down and Feather. I was very fortunate to have amazing mentors in Feather and Down material research and development. They not only shared with me generations of knowledge, but also their passion about the material. I’ve spent more than a decade understanding the down and feather world, and these experiences are why I have developed a passion innovating with Down and Feather today. Down and Feather is so fascinating because of its origins, including how its processed, unique, and inherent temperature regulating features and benefits as well as eco-friendly qualities. The exciting boost of features and benefits through combing the comfort qualities of Down and Feather with new technologies is what led me to creating the naturally derived fill used in my SleepSmart Down collections. This amazing fill combines down with 37.5® technology for optimal temperature regulation and humidity management for a cool, comfortable nights sleep. Check them out at Pottery Barn!

About Inventive Sleep® by Tracy Miller Tracy Miller is a trusted inventor and innovator of dynamic, technology driven, and comfortable products for the home, and founder of Inventive Sleep™. Her engaging brands are found in millions of homes and hotels across the country. As a Sleep Products Innovator, Tracy is dedicated to helping people realize their dreams and goals starting with a great night’s sleep. Her reputation for combining proven and modern materials in everyday products including sheets, pillows, comforters, blankets, and mattress pads, adds exciting new comfort and performance qualities consumers love to incorporate into their homes. Tracy is also the author of the weekly sleep blog Sleep Secrets and Inspirations. In it, she shares her expertise on materials research and design, and demystifies the sleep experience with an informative and fun-filled conversation on how sleep helps people with daily living, as well as some of her tips and tricks on picking your favorite products. For more information, visit Sleep Tonight. Create Tomorrow.™

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