Does biological clock affects bowel movement and sleep patterns?
The biological clock does it for you.
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I have very carefully gone through the details that you have provided. We have something called biological clock. The body knows how to keep track of time. There is something called cicardian rhythm and there are certain hormones like melatonin that help the body in this. I myself have often set mental alarms for hours like 4am in the morning and have got up sharply at 4 am without any alarm ringing from any clock. The body does this using its own sense of time. In your case, the body has set a standard at waking at 6 am. So, it adjusts the sleep cycles automatically in order to wake you up at that time. So all that can be inferred in your case is that your pineal gland of the brain is doing a good work by secreting the right amount of melatonin.
Let me know if you need any further explanations and I would be glad to help.
Thank for the explanation regarding the circadian rhythm.
Now, I understand that the circadian rhythm does not really variate much from one day to another e.g. Melatonin secretion starts pretty much around the same hour every day. My problem is that
1. no matter when I go to bed in the evening, I wake up after exactly 6 hours of sleep. e.g. If I go to bed at 10pm I will wake up at 4am. If next evening I go to bed at midnight, I will wake up at 6am. Is this ok from circadian rhythm perspective?
2. When I wake up, I feel somehow that the bowel movement is the trigger to wake up. Can it be that I have a digestive problem that triggers the bowel movement, which then triggers the wake up? Sometimes the bowel movement is rather small (small amount of urine or small amount of stool), so it feels like the bowel movement feeling was not really needed as the bladder/intestine was not even half full.. How this can be explained please?
Meditate. Exercise. On regular basis.
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The mechanisms of circadian rhythm are complex and not understood in its entirety. But that does not mean that we cannot gain control over our body. In your case, the body has defined how much sleep it needs, and interrupts you exact after its fulfilment. Although this is a part of your circadian rhythm, you can definitely gain control over it by training your mind. Meditation can help you in achieving such control.
It is very natural to get woken by the urge to pass urine or stool. It perhaps so happens that when the processing of the digestion and waste formation reaches a certain state that the stimulus of certain muscle contractions occurs and that is set as your waking tool (as for most other people as well). This can definitely be explained it does not necessitate the badder or the rectum to be full.
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