Did you know that the time of day you take your medication changes how well it is absorbed?

Why?

This is because your body clocks (known as circadian rhythms),  which you probably know regulate your sleep cycle, also regulate your metabolism, body temperature, and cognitive functions. So, at certain times in the day, the medication you take can be better absorbed because your metabolism functions better.

Basically, through their body clocks, people are programmed to feel tired or alert, to eat or fast, exercise, engage in intellectual activities, or relax at certain points in the day, and doing things contrary to these circadian rhythms has consequences on your health.

The Douglas Institute

The Douglas Institute is a leading international centre for research on sleep and circadian rhythms in both adults and children..

The largest and most significant Canadian conference on circadian rhythms ever was held at the Douglas on June 2 & 3, 2011. 

Free Public Lectures

As part of this conference, the Douglas Institute and Foundation were happy to offer two free public lectures.

International expert Dr. Francis Lévi touched on why circadian rhythms are important in cancer therapy, or how the time of day medication is taken affects the way it is absorbed.

Dr. Diane Boivin, a researcher at the Douglas, spoke about how the quality of your sleep (including the hours during which you sleep) affects your health. 

This conference was sponsored in part by Standard Life, as a component of its 5-year commitment to the Douglas to support research on sleep and circadian rhythms and help make it available to the public. This is a great example of philanthropy making a difference in the workplace and the community by helping people to understand how their own bodies work so that they can make better lifestyle choices.

Relevant Link

The importance of sleep in children