The circadian rhythm is a natural, internal process that regulates the body’s sleep-wake cycle and other physiological processes over a 24-hour period. It is commonly referred to as the “body clock” and is controlled by a group of cells in the brain’s hypothalamus called the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). The SCN receives information about light and dark cycles from the eyes and uses this information to synchronise the body’s internal clock with the external environment.
The circadian rhythm impacts a wide range of body functions, including sleep cycles, hormone production, metabolism, and immune function. It is an essential biological process that helps organisms adapt to their environment and maintain optimal health and well-being.
The circadian rhythm can be disrupted by external factors such as light as well as temperature, and social cues. It can also be disrupted by individual behaviours such as meal times and exercise habits. When this happens sleep, metabolism and mood can be impacted.
If you’re looking to reconnect to your natural rhythm, join us on retreat. We use simple and achievable practices everyday to help you re-synchronise with your internal clock. Our strategies include:
1. Consistent sleep schedule: Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends. Our morning yoga class is on daily at 7am.
2. Exposure to natural light: Eat breakfast in an area filled with natural light. Many of our guests like to dine outside on our verandah.
3. Limited exposure to artificial light, especially at night: We have no TV screens in our rooms at the retreat, only in the main workshop room. We encourage a digital detox and encourage guests to turn off their phones.
4. Bedrooms are dark and quiet: We are situated on 12 acres of stunning natural bushland with few neighbour’s, noise or light pollution.
5. Avoid stimulants close to bedtime: Billabong Retreat is alcohol free and we encourage the consumption of herbal teas after dinner.
6. Regular Exercise: Regular exercise can help improve the quality of your sleep, but avoid vigorous exercise close to bedtime. We offer dynamic yoga classes in the morning, restorative yoga classes in the afternoon and meditation classes in the evening.
It’s important to note that resetting your circadian rhythm takes time. Patience and consistency is key.
Reset your circadian rhythm at Billabong Retreat. Click here to make a reservation.