(BBC News) Open heart surgery appears to be safer in the afternoon because of the body's internal clock, scientists have said.
The body clock - or circadian rhythm - is the reason we want to sleep at night, but it also drives huge changes in the way our bodies work.
The research, published in the Lancet, suggests the heart is stronger and better able to withstand surgery in the afternoon than the morning.
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And it says the difference is not down to surgeons being tired in the morning.