The awareness that I gained when I started learning about the fact that my body naturally does different things best at different times of day was sort of very freeing in a sense that it let me become a little bit more self aware about when I felt best working and when I felt best resting
Azure Grant is an editor at Quantified Self and a researcher in the field of biological rhythms. Her goal is to combine Chronobiology with Participant-Led Research using wearable sensors and signal processing to map individuals’ biological rhythms in the real world.
Azure currently leads “Blood Testers,” a participatory Quantified Self project. The project created the highest temporal resolution lipid data set ever recorded in free-living humans. In addition, Azure researches the use of continuous body temperature data to investigate sleep, jet lag, and female cycling.
An Introduction to Biological Rhythms and Temporal Structures
Over the course of time, our cells organized to run more efficiently. There are time periods of activity. There are time periods of rest. Each of our cells has these instructions. When these cells organize in a fashion to perform a certain function (like keeping you awake), it becomes biological rhythms.
As Azure mentions, "these rhythms occur without us doing anything. If you put a human or anyone in a box, they would sort of keep going. The rhythms allow our bodies to predict when something about the environment is likely to change."
2018 is my year of rhythms. In this episode, Azure and I dig deep into biological rhythms. Biological rhythms are an obsession of mine after constant travel and stress lead to health issues in my own life over two years ago.
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