Do you wake up feeling groggy or fatigued? If so, there’s a high chance that you have screwed your biological clock
Factors affecting production of serotonin and melatonin
State of pineal gland
Both melatonin and serotonin are produced by a pea-sized gland situated deep in our brain – the pineal gland, which is photosensitive and responds to sunrise and sunset. Calcification of the pineal gland a ects its ability to produce both serotonin and melatonin e ectively. Regular consumption of ca eine, alcohol, sugar and smoking, sodium fluoride found in toothpaste and processed food as well as radiation from electronic devices all contribute
to calcification of the pineal gland. When this happens, melatonin levels go down. This results in sleep problems as well as a weaker immune system.
Electromagnetic field (EMF) of the environment
EMF radiation has the ability to determine how our cells respond to their environment. Low levels of EMF exposure of as low as 50-60 Hz (common range for household appliance) have shown to hinder the production of melatonin and prevent cells from taking in melatonin produced. When cells are exposed to EMFs, they react as they would to any “enemy” threatening them and harden their outer walls. This in turn holds all toxins, including free radicals, inside the cells and prevents nutrients, as well as melatonin from entering. If the assault of EMFs is continuous, the cells will eventually die and make the tissue or organ susceptible to the take-over of malignant cancer cells.
Exposure to light
Spending long days in an office away from natural light, for example, can impact your daytime wakefulness and make your brain sleepy. Far Infrared Rays (FIR) are the invisible rays of natural sunlight that have the longest wavelength. They activate the pineal gland and stimulate production of both serotonin and melatonin. Furthermore, FIRs decalcify the pineal gland, allowing it to respond to both sunrise and sunset. 20 minutes of sunshine daily would produce a good measure of melatonin for a good night’s sleep.
1) Keep all electrical appliances and wireless devices away from your bed
Beware that cell phones and WI-FI are not the only EMF sources you need to be cautious of. Most electronics will generate EMFs, including the wiring in your home, electric alarm clocks and lamps. Blue light from electronic devices also suppresses the production of melatonin in your pineal gland.
2) Ensure that the room is dark.
The darker it is, the better you will sleep. Use heavy curtains/shades to block light from windows, or use a eye mask to cover your eyes! The Energia Therapeutic Eye mask is excellent for frequent travelers to overcome jet lag as it stimulates the pineal gland to respond to sunrise and sunset in the country. The constant blood and energy flow around the eyes is able to naturally relieve dry, watery, red and tired eyes without using eye drops.
3) Choose the right pillow!
Choose a therapeutic pillow that can help to decalcify your pineal gland and respond to sunrise and sunset. The Energia pillow boosts the production of serotonin, providing you with energy and clarity of mind in the day, and melatonin at night to enhance the quality of sleep. The Energia pillow also helps to clear blocked meridians, and the e ects are similar to those of accupunture on the head, neck and shoulder – providing relief for headaches, migraines, sti necks and shoulders.
4) Wearing socks may just be the key!
Warming your feet up with socks causes your blood vessels to dilate, which can signal to the brain that it’s time to doze off – the more the blood vessels in the feet and hands dilate, the faster you fall asleep. Wearing energy socks can improve your blood circulation and prevent leg cramps and improve numbness, tiredness and swollen ankles.
WHY SLEEP IS IMPORTANT?
- clean the brain of toxins
- physical restoration
- information processing & memorisation
- mood regulation
- strengthening immune system
Source: PRIME magazine Issue Dec-Jan 2016. Reproduced with permission.
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