Science behind my granny’s wisdom
Wake up at different times each day – Someday at 9 AM, someday at 8:50 AM, and so on. Wake up after multiple snoozes and feel irritated that it’s already morning and time to rush. Complete all the must-do tasks of the day in a hurry and a tense state of mind. Eat breakfast in a hurry with no time to enjoy the breakfast and rush to work. Does this sound familiar to you? This is how the majority of the people start their mornings. Mornings are crazy times for many people.More or less, my mornings were also the same till I listened to and practiced my granny’s wisdom.
My granny is a simple woman with profound wisdom behind her words. She always woke up at 5 AM and urged me to wake up early too. In my childhood days, I found it ridiculous and used to wonder why I should wake up so early. Not only my granny, but all other grannies too do the same.
So why is it that our grannies woke us up early? Why is it that our tradition and culture have always emphasized on waking up early? Is it because “All life starts at Sunrise on earth?” Or is it because our Vedas and Sage Patanjali said so, and the religion adds to it? What about Science? Is there any Science that supports our granny’s wisdom? Is there any proof?
The answer is Yes. Proof given by Science for granny’s wisdom is Circadian Rhythm. In 2017, the Nobel Prize was given to the three scientists who worked on Circadian Rhythm. Our poor granny did not get any prize.
So, what is Circadian Rhythm? It’s a 24-hour biological clock that regulates all our biological and physiological processes. It tells the body when to sleep, when to wake up, when to eat, and guides the timings of various life processes in the human body. Like an organization has particular work timings, our body, too, has an internal clock that tells the body when to do what. Our body runs by an internal clock. This clock is called Circadian Rhythm.
Science found out that our circadian Rhythm is closely connected with Sunrise and Sunset. Our internal biological clock recommends us to wake up with the Sunrise and end our day or slow down with Sunset. This is exactly how our grandparents lived. If you observe them, they wake up and rest at the same time aligned with Sunrise and Sunset
When our day-to-day activities are not aligned with our body’s internal clock, it results in various diseases. As per Science, a person who does not live as per circadian rhythm recommendations has higher chances of developing insomnia, depression, anxiety, migraine, diabetes, obesity, dementia, cardiovascular diseases, and various other health problems. So, now the secret of our grandparents’ robust physical and mental health, even in their seventies and eighties, is revealed. It’s their simple and profound wisdom of waking up with the Sunrise and slowing down with Sunset.
Our ancestors were very much in tune with the circadian Rhythm in nature. They woke up with Sunrise and chirping birds. In the modern world, we are living in the circadian fog, a mild form of jet lag. and we are all suffering from disrupted Circadian Rhythm to some extent. We lack Sunlight during the day and get too much of it during the nights in the form of artificial light. Let’s try and stay connected to our true wellness- the nature, where we are tied to the Sun.
And now, this makes me think of the Patanjali’s emphasis on Surya Namaskara. Doing Surya Namaskara is a sacred way of starting your day with prayers and gratitude to Lord Surya. In the early morning Sunlight, feeling the breeze, alongside listening to the birds chirping, performing Surya Namaskara where mind, body, and spirit are in alignment, brings us to present moment awareness instantly. How beautifully empowering it is to realize that we are all connected to the Sun! Now, this is oneness in the truest sense.
So, Science proved our granny’s wisdom is worth a Nobel prize. Let’s embrace our granny’s wisdom and make waking up early an integral part of our life.
Manjula Ghattamaneni, signing off and wishing you peace and love!