Thank you for joining me for 5 Days of focusing on one of the critical pillars of health – SLEEP! Today is Day 2 of our quest for better ZZZZs.
In my video today which I posted in the Facebook group, I spoke about how sleep patterns are controlled by circadian rhythms which in turn are controlled by exposure to sunlight.
Tuesday morning, take a photo of yourself getting some sunlight on your eyeballs and post it in the Facebook group! If you miss the morning, take a photo of yourself getting the setting sunlight on your eyeballs and post in the group!
“In our daytime state we are (or should be) alert, active, productive, and hungry, driven by key daytime hormones and neurotransmitters such as cortisol, dopamine, and serotonin. After sunset, we transition to our nighttime physiology–readiness and drive for sleep increases as the sleep hormone melatonin surges through our bodies. Except, (melatonin)… isn’t a sleep hormone, per se. It’s a darkness hormone.” – The 4 Seasons Solution, Dallas Hartwig, pg. 28.
The blue light that is dominate in early morning sunlight, suppresses melatonin leaving you alert and ready for the day! As the blue light component in sunlight declines and the red light (also a component of firelight) increases toward sunset, melatonin begins to increase, getting your body ready for slumber.
So lets focus on getting that early blue light on our eyeballs and that evening red light on our eyeballs! We got this!
Don’t forget to –
☑️ Check out the post “What are your questions about sleep that you want me to answer next week?” if you think of a question you’d like me to address. Be sure to tag me so that I see it.
☑️ Fill out your Sleep Questionnaire. If you want to see if your sleep changes during our challenge, you can fill out this questionnaire every morning upon waking.
As a reminder – Each morning I will either do a live presentation or post a video on the importance of sleep, how sleep affects your body, what impacts your sleep, etc.
Catch me live at 8 pm EST each night where I will be answering your sleep questions. Don’t worry if you can’t make it live, the videos will remain for you to watch for a week after the challenge ends.
P.S. It’s not too late to share this challenge with your friends! Have them sign up here.