I finally broke down and bought sunglasses to wear in the house. I only wear them inside for the three hours before going to bed. These aren’t just any pair of shades, these shades block the blue light from lamps, computers, and TVs. I don’t care if I look like a dork, my hubby thinks I look like a rockstar and that is all that matters. Before writing me off as a nut job, read the rest of this post. By the way, in case you’re wondering, tinfoil hats are NOT part of my wardrobe.
Artificial white and blue light mimics the light from the moon and sun. Exposure to white or blue light at night inhibits the pineal gland’s production of melatonin. Melatonin is produced primarily at night and needs darkness to be produced.
From the article Fertility Awareness, Food, and Night-Lighting by Katie Singer: ”The hypothalamus gland, also located in the brain, is richly supplied with melatonin receptors. This gland regulates your body’s overall homeostasis, including things like blood pressure, emotions, temperature, and the endocrine (hormonal) system. Hormones secreted by the hypothalamus stimulate the anterior pituitary gland to secrete its hormones; and these, in turn, stimulate the thyroid gland, the adrenals and the ovaries to secrete yet other hormones. The ovaries (and the testicles) are also thought to contain melatonin receptors.” 1
You can see how melatonin production–and thereby sleeping in darkness or with light–can affect the whole body’s functioning, including the menstrual cycle: if the hypothalamus doesn’t receive sufficient melatonin, its ability to regulate the hormonal system will be impaired.” Read the full article here.
Part of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy fertility protocol established by Dr Rosita Arvigo recommends sleeping in the dark all month long except for the three days around ovulation to help balance hormones.
If you want to sync your cycle with the moon cycle, try the following. During the time of the full moon let the moonlight in by opening the drapes, or add a small nightlight to produce the effects of the moon. The rest of the month, sleep in complete darkness and limit night time lighting after the sun goes down. Often what happens is that the body will sync it’s rhythm with the moons rhythm. Louise Lacey wrote about the connection between the moon and the menstrual cycle in her book Lunaception.
Back in the day before artificial night lighting and night computer and tv time women menstruated with the new moon and ovulated with the full moon. The new moon, also known as the “Resting Moon,” is a natural time of rest, reprieve and replenishment-a time to go inward. Exactly how I feel when I’m “on my Moon”.
The natural light from the full moon on the other hand, provided some safety for night time travel and brought people out to gatherings and celebrations. During the full moon and ovulation people tend to feel sexy, extroverted, creative and social. Women subconsciously dress sexier and are more flirtatious during ovulation. One study showed that strippers made better tips when they worked while ovulating.
Even Dwight knows that the menstrual cycle is linked to the moon cycle.
“Human sustenance and well-being are tied to the turn of the lunar wheel, and women are the cosmic keepers of the moon time” -Mother Tawari
Here is another excerpt from Fertility Awareness, Food, and Night-Lighting by Katie Singer: “Other clinical researchers have also found that sleeping in the absence of light (introducing it for a few days each cycle, or sleeping only in the absence of light) can help women in a variety of situations to strengthen their cycles.