Topic: Get to Know Your Infradian Rhythm to Optimize Your Body’s Cycles
Most of us have heard of the circadian rhythm, the natural 24-hour biological cycle that regulates sleep patterns. Infradian rhythms are less well-known.
In basic terms, infradian rhythms are naturally occurring cycles in the human body that last longer than 24 hours.
Most of us don’t spend much time thinking about our biological patterns, but many scientists and psychologists believe that, by tuning into our natural rhythms, we can live healthier, happier, more balanced lives.
Want to learn how to maximize your health by following your infradian rhythm? Look no further than the expert perspectives below.
What is it?
According to psychiatrist Alexander Lapa of Asana Lodge, the terms circadian derives from the Latin words “dian,” meaning day, and “circa,” meaning around. This means circadian translates to “around a day.”
On the other hand, “infra” means beyond, so infradian translates to “beyond a day.”
Essentially, an infradian rhythm is a bodily cycle that exceeds the circadian rhythm, or daily cycle, Lapa says.
The most commonly discussed human infradian rhythm is the menstrual cycle, however seasonal affective disorder can also be classified as infradian.
Using the concept of infradian rhythms can help you to understand and work with the monthly flow of your bodily cycles, including your menstrual cycle (if you have one).
Shree Datta, a gynecologist for well-being brand INTIMINA, explains that the various hormones released throughout your menstrual cycle create the infradian rhythm.
“There are two from the brain-follicle stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone, and there are two from the ovaries: estrogen and progesterone,” Datta says.
These hormones are released at different times throughout the cycle to create the ovulation process.
Topic Discussed: Get to Know Your Infradian Rhythm to Optimize Your Body’s Cycles