The autonomous nervous system (sympathetic nerve system and parasympathetic nerve system)

To say it quite simplified, the sympathicus is responsible for the quick response to environmental stimuli and the mobilisation of our body whereas the parasympathicus is responsible for silencing
our activities directed to the outside. Both nervous systems regulate and support each other. Generally, this regulation is the basis for our health and wellbeing. Without sufficient regulation our organ systems cannot maintain their function which in turn leads to functional disorders and sickness. On the other hand, any kind of functional disorder or chronic disease leads to a dysbalance between the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nerve system.

This is why a balance in harmony between sympathicus and parasympathicus is so important for our daily phases of performance and activity and also for the phases of regeneration and rest/sleep. Only a balanced interplay between the two nervous systems maintains our body’s regeneration capacity and offers maximum recovery.

The circadian rhythm („internal clock“)

The circadian rhythm takes care of an optimum of sleep and rest during the dark phase and makes sure that we have enough power for performance during the light phase. It controls or influences, for example, our heart frequency, the sleep-wake-cycle, the blood pressure and our body temperature.

Nowadays our challenges in life, such as job, family and programme of leisure activities often create a life opposite to our inner rhythm, the individual sleepwake-rhythm is often and/or for longer periods disturbed. As a consequence, our feeling of being in need for sleep doesn’t work anymore. On the long run, that leads to considerable human disorders with regard to performance and health.

A regular and properly working circadian rhythm is highly important for our health and maintains our performance capacity in everyday’s life. Moreover, it is necessary for guaranteeing recreative sleep.