The Interplay of Circadian Rhythms and Thermoregulation

Circadian Rhythms are often described a person’s biological clock.  Humans and other animals have processes that occur in their bodies at approximately the same time every day.  These processes act as time markers so our bodies know when to engage in certain behaviors.  Circadian Rhythms set our eating, sleeping, and other behaviors.  One particular process that Circadian Rhythms are associated with is thermoregulation—how our bodies maintain a set body temperature.  Limited research has been done on the mechanisms behind this process and it has been spread across several fields: Biology, Psychology, and Neuroscience.  These have shown a variety of interesting results, for example, we tend to seek out warm places before going sleep, during which out body temperature varies quite a bit.  Being across so many fields, not a lot of literature exists giving a clear summary on what is known.  My goal is to compile this research in to an easy to read review article which could act as a jumping off point for anyone interested in doing research in this area.  The article would have an aim of explaining why our body temperature changes with our circadian rhythms and describe how these changes occur.  Since the exact mechanism is unknown the article will also have the goal of pointing out specific areas of research that should be pursued.