The circadian rhythm controls your sleep and wake cycles as well as guide essential bodily functions including metabolism, blood pressure and even the individual cell-level work done by your genes, reports CNN Health.

A Nobel Prize awarded to three American scientists who focused their research on the genetic and molecular biology of circadian rhythms suggests how fundamental these processes are to our health.

Alina Patke, a research associate in the lab of Dr. Michael Young, one of the Nobel Prize winners and a professor at Rockefeller University, explained that the circadian rhythm not only controls human behavior and physiology but also that of animals, plants and even fungi.
Studies show that disruptions of our body’s clockwork contributes to diseases as diverse as cancer and diabetes.