Slaves to the rhythm

May 12, 2017

An excerpt from an OUPblog article published on 5th May 2017, written by Leon Kreitzman, author of Circadian Rhythms: A Very Short Introduction.

Circadian Rhythms: A Very Short Introduction

"I met up with Russell Foster in 1996 when I was writing a book on the social impact of the 24 hour society. I wanted to know what effect working nights had on human biology and health.

At the time Russell was Reader at Imperial College. Since then he has become professor of circadian neuroscience at Oxford University; a Fellow of the Royal Society; and he has a shelf full of medals from scientific societies around the world. We have written three books together and done our best to popularise the fascinating science of circadian rhythms and their impact on human health and behaviour.

Put simply, while we like to think that we eat when we are hungry, sleep when we are tired, and drink when we are thirsty, it is only a thin veneer of civilisation that gives us the pretence of choice...."

Discover more: Read the rest of the article on the OUPblog.


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