Body Clocks: Improving Seasonal Affective Disorder, Depression, Sleep, Jetlag, and Well-Being
Almost all species have internal rhythms and a sense of time, which are the focus of a fieldnow known as chronobiology. Our internal circadian (24-hour) clocks generate and shape daily cycles in our physiology, emotion, and behavior.
This class explores our circadian body clocks, why they matter to our health, and what we can do to tune them. We cover emerging research in chronobiology, including:
- how light affects sleep, mood, immunity, & well-being’
- implications for immune system functioning + depression
- what jetlag is and how to address it
- techniques to manage the challenging effects of shift work
- top tools to tune your rhythms in harmony with natural ones (even in modern daily life)
- the social context of body rhythms + their tuning
We’ll discuss practical tools for well-being on physical, emotional, and social levels.