Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Oddities of Circadian Rhythms

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Oddities of Circadian Rhythms

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* Heart attacks are twice as likely to happen between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m., than at 4:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. and between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m.

* In one particular study, eating one meal a day of 2,000 calories resulted in a weight loss when eaten at breakfast, but produced a weight gain as supper.

* Women go into labor most often between 1:30 and 2:30 a.m. and least frequently about midday. Births between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. are associated with increased probability of complications in both baby and mother.

* People are more allergic around 11:00 p.m. while antihistamine drugs have the greatest impact in the morning.

* The senses of hearing, taste and smell are more acute at certain times of the day. Studies show sensory acuity is highest at 3:00 a.m., then falls of rapidly to a low at 6:00 a.m. then rises to another peak between 5:00 and 7:00 p. …

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