Circadian Rhythms: A Very Short Introduction

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Oxford University Press, 2017 - Circadian rhythms - 143 pages
The earth's daily rotation affects just about every living creature. From dawn through to dusk, there are changes in light, temperature, humidity, and rainfall. However, these changes are regular, rhythmic and, therefore, predictable. Thus, the near 24 hour circadian rhythm is innate: a genetically programmed clock that essentially ticks of its own accord.

This Very Short Introduction explains how organisms can "know" the time and reveals what we now understand of the nature and operation of chronobiological processes. Covering variables such as light, the metabolism, human health, and the seasons, Foster and Kreitzman illustrate how jet lag and shift work can impact on human well-being, and consider circadian rhythms alongside a wide range of disorders, from schizophrenia to obesity.

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Contents

Circadian rhythms A 24hour phenomenon
1
Time of day matters
13
When timing goes wrong
24
Shedding light on the clock
45
The ticktock of the molecular clock
62
Sleep The most obvious 24hour rhythm
81
Circadian rhythms and metabolism
91
Seasons of life
106
Further reading
131
Index
137
Very Short Introduction
144
A Very Short Introduction
145
A Very Short Introduction
146
A Very Short Introduction
147
A Very Short Introduction
148
Copyright

Evolution and anotherlook at the clock
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Russell Foster is Professor of Circadian Neuroscience and the Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at Oxford University. His research spans basic and applied circadian and photoreceptor biology. For his discovery of non-rod, non-cone ocular photoreceptors he has been awarded the Honma prize (Japan), Cogan award (USA), and Zoological Society Scientific & Edride-Green Medals (UK). He has also written several books, such as Rhythms of Life, co-authored with Leon Kreitzman (Profile Books, 2004) and Sleep: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Leon Kreitzman is an esteemed author, biologist and broadcaster who is currently a visiting consultant at the Nuffield Health Centre at Oxford University. He has written numerous articles and books on the social and scientific factors of chronobiology, including The 24 Hour Society (Profile Books, 1999).

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