In recent articles, I have discussed the importance of sleeping in a completely dark room with no ambient light to support the maximum production of melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland, and it is MUCH more than just a sleep hormone. Like the janitor who comes in at night to clean
Did you know that fluoride was used through the 1950s to suppress thyroid function in cases of hyperthyroidism in South America and Europe? (1) Fluoride exposure has also been linked to the calcification of the pineal gland and decreased melatonin production. (6,7,8) Today, fluoride is everywhere from the drinking water, to non-stick pans, toothpastes and
It is estimated that 50-70 million Americans are unable to get a good night’s sleep. (13) As we age, a good night’s sleep becomes more difficult to achieve. Today, the science keeps mounting linking at least 8 hours of sleep a night to greater longevity and optimal health. (1,2) A poor night’s sleep has been
Go Outside for Melatonin + Circadian Rhythms In a study at the University of Colorado in Boulder, researchers evaluated circadian rhythms of a group of healthy Boulder residents. What they found was surprising. Instead of melatonin levels rising only during nighttime hours, about two hours after waking, melatonin levels would surge, causing significant daytime drowsiness.
While melatonin supplements are found over-the-counter in almost any health food store or pharmacy, there are questions regarding long-term supplementation. Some experts report that if one uses melatonin supplements for a long period of time, the body will stop both producing and responding to its own melatonin–but there is little science to back this up.
When you look at the pineal gland sitting at the base of the brain, one cannot help but think that this pearl-sized gland has a special role to play. Rene Descartes called it “the principle seat of the soul.” For years, researchers thought the pineal gland was an evolutionary remnant with no real purpose. In
While melatonin is most commonly known to treat sleep disorders, many may not know that melatonin is closely connected with the our circadian rhythms – our internal body clocks that regulate hormone levels, metabolism, gene expression, sleep and wakefulness, and appetite. The pineal gland produces melatonin, which keeps these rhythms in check. Disruption of the
In the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, Nikola Tesla lit 100,000 Westinghouse light bulbs and, like never before in history, night was turned into day. That night in Chicago, dubbed the “city of lights,” started the race to light the world and thus began the endless summer of artificial light. (3) Electric lighting slowly filled houses,
Average Reading Time: 4 minutes and 5 seconds In evolutionary terms, we have spent very little time living with and depending on artificial light. This dependency has been found to negatively affect our circadian clock, our connection to the light/dark, daily, and seasonal cycles. (1) Every cell in the body is linked to a biological
Our connection to the light and dark circadian cycles goes back to some of the very first cells that appeared on earth. Melatonin, which is considered to be one of the oldest molecules on earth and some 3.5 billion years old, is a powerful biological clock regulator. (2) The health and longevity of all organisms