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4 Surprising Ways Shorter Days Affect Your Brain

(And 4 Ways to Adapt)

Feeling sluggish? The culprit might be your circadian clock which takes cues from how much light you’re exposed to over the course of a day.

“Our body, including all of our organs, is aligned to match the environment. It’s a beautiful symphony orchestra,” says Phyllis Zee, MD, PhD, Northwestern Medicine neurologist and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine professor and chief of sleep medicine in neurology. “It’s all coordinated through the master pacemaker, which is located in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of the brain.”

A disruption to the circadian rhythm can impact a number of functions in your body.

Here are the ways your brain is altered and ways to offset it:

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