Research into mouse tissue and how it heals allowed scientists and researchers to make a new discovery. They discovered that the wounds that happened during the day were healing a lot quicker than those injuries that occurred during the night. After finding this happens in the mice, they carried out a study analysing data which was collected from a specialist burns injuries unit located in the UK.
The data shows that when people were wounded during the night, the fibroblasts took longer to reach the site of the wound and help the healing process. When wounds occurred during the night, it took around 28 days for the wound to fully heal. When the wounds occurred during the day, however, the fibroblasts reached the wound quicker and the wound fully healed within only 17 days. This is a healing process of around 60% faster during the day.
The scientists concluded, from the research, that the time of the healing process depends on the body clock (the circadian rhythm). The scientists and researchers behind this study hope that they will be able to find a drug that can be used to trick the wound sites into the same state as they are during the day in order to help speed up healing processes.