What is a circadian clock and why is it so important? | Satchin Panda
Circadian rhythms, the body’s 24-hour cycles of biological, hormonal, and behavioral patterns, modulate a wide array of physiological processes, including the body’s production of hormones that regulate sleep, hunger, metabolism, and others. These rhythms, which are established early in life, influence body weight, performance, and susceptibility to disease. Although infants are born with circadian clocks, the clocks don't fully function until an infant reaches approximately six months of age. In this clip, Dr. Satchin Panda describes how the body's circadian clocks developed and the role they play in regulating our day-to-day functioning.
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