How 5 Minutes Of Exercise Helps Balance Your Circadian Rhythm

‘Tis the season of waking up to a cold, dark sky. And because of this dip in light exposure, you might be feeling a bit sleepy of late—natural light, after all, helps regulate our circadian rhythms by sending a cue to our bodies that it’s time to be active and alert. Without the sunlight to help kick-start this process, you might wind up with the strong urge to curl up in bed and hibernate. It’s important to address, says board-certified sleep specialist Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., especially if you’re not getting the light exposure you once were. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you must invest in a sun lamp: “Many people don’t know it, but light is not the only circadian pacemaker out there,” he says on the mindbodygreen podcast. “Another one is exercise.” 

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