New blood test can tell if you're naturally a night owl or an early bird

Getting a good night's sleep just took on a whole new meaning.

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  • A new study introduces a new method for determining your personal circadian rhythm.
  • This could have profound effects on combating cognitive disorders and helping patients understand when to take medicine.
  • The blood test measures a person's biological clock to within 1.5 hours.
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3 Americans Awarded Nobel Prize for Unlocking the Body Clock

They proved how the biological mechanism works inside our cells.

The circadian clock. Credit: Mattias Karlén. The Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine.

The Nobel Prize for Physiology (or Medicine) was announced on Oct. 2 in Sweden. Three American scientists jointly took home this prestigious award for their work on circadian rhythms. This is the biological clock all organisms have which controls our sleep-wake cycle, the release of hormones at important intervals, body temperature, blood pressure, and other critical mechanisms, in order to maintain homeostasis or balance.

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We've "Outsmarted" Nature’s Cycles—And It's Disrupting Our Mental Health

A "new" field of medicine called chronotherapy demonstrates that following nature's cycles, as our ancestors did, is integral to proper biological and cognitive function.

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