The rhythms of life, a cosmic harmony
Did you know that 1 in 3 Americans have trouble sleeping? Additionally, 20% of teenagers reported that they sleep less than 5 hours on average per night, not to mention Seasonal Affective Disorders (SAD) being on the rise. This shows just how serious our society struggles to stay connected to our internal clock and cyclical rhythms of nature. What are circadian biorhythms, and how they regulate sleep and other organ functions? What does it mean to be out of sync, and how can you reset your internal clock for restorative sleep, health, and wellbeing?
Biorhythms or circadian rhythms are “invisible waves of energy within the human body that are constantly in flux. Considered unique to each person, these energy levels are thought to begin the moment we are born.
Biorhythm is the body’s internal clock that signals us to feel bright and awake in the morning and drowsy at night. Rhythmic exposure to light and dark is essential to your internal clock and proper health and organs’ function. This day and night cycle is regulated primarily by two key players, Adrenaline and Melatonin. Exposure to sunlight in the morning is a stimulus for your adrenal glands to release Adrenaline’s stress hormone.
This sun rise-and-shine hormone – ADRENALINE – is responsible for creating a wakefulness state and is at its highest level first thing in the morning. Adrenaline levels gradually decline as the day progresses. The light spectrum changes during sunset and twilight trigger the release of MELATONIN from your pineal gland. The secretion of this hormone promotes relaxation and helps ease the body into rest. Subsequently, morning sunlight blocks melatonin release as cortisol levels rise, thus repeating a delicate yet precise cycle synchronized with the sun. However, external interference (exposure to blue light, EMF pollution, ignoring the body’s need for rest) with this fragile cycle throws us off the body’s natural rhythm. It can trickle down to affect many of your systems. It can impact hormone regulation and immune function, leaving us more exposed to the onset of disease.
Oscillatory patterns are inherent to all living beings and are built into the very fabric of our cosmos. Life in and of itself can be viewed as a delicate interplay between different rhythms that are intricately intertwined. It should not come as a surprise then that circadian cycles are not the only rhythms that influence the body.
Circadian rhythms are one of many oscillatory systems that impact the body in different ways. Other types of biorhythms include cellular polarization and depolarization, several metabolic and enzymatic reactions. Harmonizing these biorhythms forms the basis of holistic health and wellness.
Regenerative sleep is the bedrock of health and healing; therefore, our performances during the day are many times below the normal level. Inadequate and poor quality of sleep in our hyper-networked, productivity-driven society has been associated with a wide gamut of diseases, including but not limited to infertility, cancer, chronic fatigue, cardiovascular issues, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), depression, and anxiety.
Incremental tech-heavy lifestyle choices made by our society have unleashed an unprecedented EMF storm over the past few decades. We are being bombarded daily by millions of artificial ionizing – harmful frequencies. The EMF pollution from low-frequency wireless devices has been shown to alter cellular activity. Besides, these devices emit blue light. In recent years, evidence has arisen to support the disruption of blue light on melatonin regulation.
Many people sleep with their phone next to them, and that their phone screen is the last thing they stare at before falling asleep. Could it be that this proximity and lingering exposure could equate to disruptive sleep patterns? Distorted signals arising from this altered nighttime state throw us out of sync with natural light rhythms and are the underlying reason for a vast majority of sleeping disorders. We have become a society that struggles to stay connected to our internal clock and the cyclical rhythms of nature.
When we experience disrupted patterns, we may fall into a dysregulated cortisol cycle inducing poor sleep that causes us to feel unrested, exhausted, and fatigued. In truth, our thoughts can have quite a bit of power over our sleep as well. Whether negative or positive and irrespective of the time of day, our thoughts can trigger hormones’ release, creating serious downstream physiological reactions. It is common in many sleep disorder patients to report lingering thoughts at night. Therefore, the act of thinking and normal thought patterns can also disrupt our normal sleep cascade.
WAYS TO OPTIMIZE YOUR CIRCADIAN RHYTHM:
Integrative approaches such as RHYTHM THERAPY or PHOTOTHERAPY seek to reset an out-of-sync circadian rhythm through restorative mechanisms (vs) mere pharmaceutical symptom management.
The best circadian rhythm regulator is the natural white (sunrise) and red (sunset) sunlight modulated with the specific “sun noise.” For example, the FIT 915 system works through two different LED beams: one red at 630 nm with regenerative, relaxing properties, activating melatonin, and the white light at 11000 Kelvin modulated the natural solar noise. The application of bright white light is the optimal environmental condition to maximize your brainpower at any age. Babies who grow up in direct daylight learn faster and better than those kept indoors. Seniors who spend a lot of time outdoors stay fit for longer, are enterprising, generally in a good mood, and basically healthier.
MITIGATE ELECTROSMOG POLLUTION and OPTIMIZE YOUR BRAINWAVES:
As a helpful reminder, EMF exposure should be minimized for restful sleep. While 100% EMF elimination from your surroundings might not be possible, here are a few tips to stay away from EMF: minimize screen time during the evenings, turn off cellphones right before sleeping, even better would be to place the phone outside the bedroom entirely. Use BOS 318 or 518 to convert damaging frequencies to safe ones like in pristine nature. Mitigate blue light exposure to reduce its impact on your day-night schedule, eliminate all blue-light emitting devices, including LED lights in your bedroom, and replace them with ambient lighting. Use blue-light filter apps and blue-light filter glasses 3-4 hours before bedtime. Use NSA-7 to optimize your brain frequencies and adapt to morning biorhythm or evening, night brain waves.