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body clock

n.
An internal mechanism of the body that is thought to regulate physical and mental functions in rhythm with normal daily activities.
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Prof Malcolm von Schantz, of Surrey University, said: "Light in the late evening will delay our body clocks.
Our body clock is synchronised with the surrounding environment by exposure to daylight and the timing of meals.
The research, in the journal Immunity, looking at exactly how the body clock affects the function of the immune system in mice, suggested that a disruption to normal daily rhythms, such as jet lag or sleep deprivation, may also affect the immune system.
This is a good step in learning about body clocks and how the body can perform at its best.
Now scientists are trying to find out more about what's driving those results and are looking at the relationship between eating and our body clocks, dubbed "chrono-nutrition" by some, for answers.
'The way you feel, the way you function-mentally through to bowel movements-is all ultimately controlled by your body clock.'
Exposure to daylight can also support the body clock - open the curtains as soon as he wakes up and encourage him to spend time outside.
Body clocks cause wounds such as cuts and burns sustained during the day to heal around 60 percent faster than those sustained at night, scientists have discovered in a finding that has implications for surgery and wound-healing medicines.
GO FOR A RUN Exposure to morning sunlight helps to synchronise your body clock and adapt it to the new time.
When we disrupted the body clock in either cells or mice, we found that the timing of infection no longer mattered -- viral replication was always high.