internal clock

noun

1
: a system in the body that controls when a person needs to sleep, eat, etc.
The long trip upset my internal clock and I had a hard time getting to sleep.
2
: a clock or timing device that is inside a computer

Examples of internal clock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That's because almost everything in our bodies — like our blood pressure, our organ systems and our cognitive function — runs on an internal clock, says Wu. Regina G. Barber, NPR, 16 May 2024 In a digital environment where computers and servers are located all over the world, each with its own internal clock, there's a significant need for a standardized and accurate timekeeping system. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 19 Jan. 2024 Regular Bedtime: Stick to a consistent bedtime to regulate your body's internal clock and enhance sleep consistency. Maryal Miller Carter, USA TODAY, 25 Mar. 2024 But there are ways to move around your internal clock. Taylor Nicioli, CNN, 12 Mar. 2024 Expose yourself to bright light upon waking and minimize exposure before bed to reset your internal clock. Suzanne Nuyen, NPR, 6 Mar. 2024 Our internal clock, or circadian rhythm, is responsible for a number of things other than regulating our sleep-wake cycle. Joshua Rapp Learn, Discover Magazine, 18 Oct. 2023 People’s circadian rhythms are like an internal clock that help regulate hormones, metabolism and emotional responses, Seixas said. Jireh Deng, Los Angeles Times, 6 Mar. 2024 So if your internal clock still tells you to hunker down and read, here is good fiction ranging from a carnival to Hubert Humphrey. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, 11 Feb. 2024

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“Internal clock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/internal%20clock. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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