New Studies Surrounding Sleep Cycles
A long night’s sleep activates longevity genes in mice.
Here are just a few things we know for sure about how sleep works at a cellular level:
- Circadian rhythms are processes that have a 24-hour cycle
- The production of an essential molecule called nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) is one of those processes
- Metabolic stresses like time zone disruption can impact NAD levels, causing a disruption in other circadian rhythms
- Out of sync circadian rhythms can lead to jet lag and sleep deprivation
When your NAD levels stick to their pattern of rising and falling within their 24-hour cycle, it’s easier for other biological processes to maintain their circadian rhythms as well.