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Have you ever had one of those days when you wake up feeling dreary and drained of energy? Or how about the day you woke up so full of energy you couldn't be still and after only four hours sleep the night before. Evidence suggests these swings are caused by natural rhythms of the body which occur during measurable intervals. These body rhythms are called biorythms and understanding yours can help you cash in on your good days or understand the bad days.
Studies have shown that recognizing your biorythms can aid by understanding the three cycles which strongly influence our lives and actions. The theory behind biorythms is that every living creature has a biological clock or set of clocks that regulate life by ticking off a rhythm. Just like the cycles of the moon, rhythms of the seasons or movement of the stars and even the low or full tides, it is believed that humans have rhythms that influence many aspects of their lives. Interestingly, the word biorhythm is a compound Greek word meaning life and constant.
Studies of biorythms began in the 1890s when a highly respected doctor from Berlin, Wilhelm Fliess, did pioneer work involving the 23 and 28 day cycles of some of his patients. Dr. Fliess collected statistics on the periodic occurrences of fevers, susceptibility to death and disease and childhood illness. The statistics he gathered led him to believe he had discovered certain rhythms that were fundamental to life. The two theories developed by Dr. Fliess were that nature bestows "master internal clocks" on humans that begin counting at birth and continue until death and that these clocks are responsible for regulating a 23 day cycle which influences the physical condition while another regulates a 28 day cycle influencing the emotions. As interest grew in Dr. Fliess' theories, Sigmund Freud, as well as many other noted scientists began showing an avid interest in the studies. In the 1930s a very successful study was done which related accidents to the critical days in the cycle. These are the days when the cycles drop from highs to lows. Over the years many scientists and doctors have carried out successful experiments related to the biorhythm theory, but even with the successes, too many questions remain for the scientific community to completely agree that the theory works.
A simplified way to chart your biorhythm and test the theory at the same time is to begin marking on a calendar how you feel mentally, physically and emotionally each day. As the days run into months, you will begin to see cycles taking shape. There will be days you feel high physically, low mentally and critically low emotionally. Of course there will also be days when you feel high in all three areas. Once you have proved that you have biorhythm cycles to yourself it is time to buy a book on biorythms and begin charting what your future cycles will be so you can be prepared. On a triple critical day, when all three aspects are at their lowest, you would do well to stay in bed. On a triple high day, you will want to do everything productive you can. Low days will find you not bottomed out but just feeling a bit dreary. Know all of these cycles in advance can aid you with planning your day.