- Wounds healed nearly 60% faster for injuries occurring during the day rather than at night
- Afternoon surgery patients had a 50% lower risk than morning patients of a cardiac event
In fact, each of your cells has its own biological clock, which is synchronized via temperature, hormones and other bodily cues, while the entire clockwork symphony is coordinated by a single conductor, a master clock in your brain known as the hypothalamic suprachiasmatic nuclei.
A Nobel Prize awarded to three American scientists
who focused their research on the genetic and molecular biology of circadian rhythms suggests how fundamental these processes are to our health. Alina Patke, a research associate in the lab of Dr. Michael Young, one of the Nobel Prize winners and a professor at Rockefeller University, explained that circadian rhythms not only control human behavior and physiology but also that of animals, plants and even fungi.
Studies show that disruptions of our body's clockwork contributes to diseases as diverse as cancer
Recently scientists have begun to wonder if the opposite might also be true: Could healing be guided by this clockwork as well?
Two new studies support this idea, widening our perspective and encouraging us to consider timing as essential to the process of recovery.
Timing of injury
Wounds, such as burns and cuts, heal nearly 60% faster when the injury occurs during the day rather than at night, a new study
published Wednesday in Science Translational Medicine found. Scientists from the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England, analyzed the records of 118 burn injury patients who had been cared for in England and Wales.