Get Blacked Out This Weekend
It is a well-established fact that we sleep better in a dark environment. Sadly, people aren’t taking full advantage of this.
Why not just put on an eye mask to create a perceptually dark environment for your bedroom?
Your skin can actually see. Your skin has receptors that can pick up light. It sounds crazy but…
Your skin has photoreceptors similar to those found in the retina of your eye. If there’s light in your bedroom, your body sends messages to your brain that can interfere with your sleep (blocking the production of melatonin).
Sleeping in total darkness is so important that light at night has been dubbed “light pollution.” Humans have evolved to adjust to predictable light and dark phases to set our circadian clocks.
“Once artificial light became the societal norm, it effectively changed the length of our days. Instead of a 12-hour day, we can now artificially create a 24-hour day with nonstop light exposure.” Shawn Stevenson in Sleep Smarter.
Although researchers have found that ancient human civilizations slept a similar amount of hours as our society today, it is the quality of sleep that’s so drastically different.
Melatonin has been proven to:
Improve immune system function
Alleviate migraines and other pain
Improve thyroid function
Improve insulin sensitivity and weight reduction
If you are confusing your circadian clock, you are potentially missing out on these powerhouse benefits.
Things to think about:
If you use a real alarm clock (not a phone) get one that has a dimmer adjustment or you can simply cover it up.
Simply dim the lights in your rooms or use Himalayan salt lamps. These salt lamps have can produce a small amount of negative ions which improve your health. (More on this later).
Use blackout curtains to block porch and traffic lights.