Dr. Satchin Panda on Circadian Insights into Exercise Timing, Melatonin Biology, and Peak Cognition
- Taylor Potter
Dr. Satchidananda (“Satchin”) Panda is a professor in the Regulatory Biology Laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. His work focuses on chronobiology, the study of the day-night cycles that drive the multifaceted activities of the human body, using genetic, genomic, and biochemical approaches. He is an expert on circadian rhythms and a pioneer in the field of time-restricted eating. A priority for Dr. Panda when designing his studies is to identify strategies that positively impact public health.
Circadian rhythms, the body’s 24-hour cycles of biological, hormonal, and behavioral patterns, modulate a wide array of physiological processes, including the body’s production of hormones that regulate sleep, hunger, and metabolism, ultimately influencing body weight, performance, and susceptibility to disease. Circadian rhythmicity may have profound implications for human healthspan.
When and how much we sleep, eat, or exercise (and these activities’ effects on our health) are intrinsically linked to our circadian rhythms.
00:00:00 – Introduction
00:01:06 – Intro to circadian rhythms
00:08:05 – Light and sleep
00:16:15 – Melatonin for sleep
00:21:51 – Eating near bedtime
00:28:50 – Shiftwork and jet lag
00:40:45 – Afternoon napping
00:42:40 – Making lighting healthier
00:46:55 – Time-restricted eating
00:57:49 – Dr. Panda’s ongoing study
01:03:33 – Dr. Panda’s personal lifestyle
01:11:56 – Exercise timing and caffeine
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