Scientists Awarded The Nobel Prize For Explaining The Mysteries Of The Biological Clock. It Could Revolutionize The Way We Sleep

by Conscious Reminder

Have you ever felt that your sleep cycle is affecting your overall health? If yes, then you are about to be surprised to know about the recent study of the scientists who won the Noble prize this year.

Read on to find out why…

This year the prestigious Noble prize (118th Nobel Prize in physiology and medicine) has been given to the trio scientists who studied the mysteries of the biological clock and how it actually affects our daily lives. According to the Nobel committee’s citation, Jeffrey C Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W Young were recognised for their discoveries explaining “how plants, animals and humans adapt their biological rhythm so that it is synchronised with the Earth’s revolutions.”

This Could Actually Change How We Understand The Connection Between Our Body And Time. The scientists said that the understanding of our biological clock can help us improve the most fundamental aspects of our lives such as our health, energy, fertility etc. Today we know the importance of the biological clock as it plays a vital role in defining our metabolism, fertility, mood, hunger, sleeping and working patterns.

People Are Learning More And More The Effects Of Not Following The Biological Clock. Professor Rosbash said that a person can recognize circadian rhythms as can be seen from the fact that he/she gets sleepy at 10 or 11 at night, then wakes up automatically at around 6 or 7 in the morning. In the afternoon, the person feels the need of a cup of coffee. This is how our biological clock makes us work.

The scientists found that whenever there is any mismatch between the biological clock and the surroundings, the well-being of the organism can be affected. This can be compared to the experience of Jet lag. When we travel to a different time zone, our body gets disturbed for a few days, that is, until our biological clock gets readjusted.

Sir Paul Nurse, winner of the Nobel Prize in 2001 for his study on the cell cycle said that the recent work is extremely important for the basic understanding of life. He added that there is evidence that the treatment of the disease can be influenced by circadian rhythms.

For Rosbash, the most shocking thing was the realization of the huge impact of such a basic discovery. He feels happy that the selection committee gave attention to this kind of basic work.

The Study Was Focused On The Flies

Flies were takes as one sample (simple also) organism and the results and the discoveries of the study was applied to all the animals, which automatically includes humans.

The winners of the Noble prize have been studying the fundamental problem of biological clock in the animals for many years. With their extensive study they were able to solve the mystery of the biological clock, specifically, how it is able to anticipate the routine functions between day and night in order to optimize our physiology and behaviour.


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