Have you ever noticed that bees don’t fly at night and the birds go to sleep right before the sun goes down?
You’ll really notice this if you have chickens.
Most wild animals, and free-range farm animals like horses, cows, and chickens, head for the stable and the roost shortly before the sun goes down so they can “see” how to get back to their safe place.
I see this every night on my wildlife preserve – all of the animals put themselves to sleep about 45 minutes before sunset.
It’s rather simple, really – when the sun goes down, your brain uses melatonin, which is believed to be a product of serotonin, and when the sun comes up, the melatonin is replaced by serotonin.
Serotonin dominates during sunlight and melatonin dominates at night during your sleep.
All animals have a hormone clock inside of their brains that turn the lights off and on.
And here’s a quick FYI: aspartame lowers your serotonin levels. This is why many people using the diet sweeteners have sleep issues. Read Sweet Poison for all the research/proof.
Awake Versus Asleep
Melatonin is produced inside of your brain before sleep at night and it plays a fundamental role in regulating your body’s biological clock.
In fact, melatonin governs your entire sleep cycle by triggering sleep, and REM, whereas serotonin is what’s behind your wakefulness.
By the time the sun sets, your serotonin has naturally decreased and your melatonin is increasing so you can start shutting down; this instinctively puts you to sleep after dark – at least that’s Nature’s intention, anyway.
It is important that you relax and start winding down in the evening hours because by 8:00 PM, your body is filled with melatonin and ready for sleep so it can repair from the day’s activities – healing damaged cells, detoxing, and restoring your body while under deep REM.
Note that YOU might not be ready for bed, but YOUR BODY is ready.
If you are a night owl and too active late in the evening, start training yourself to RELAX after the sun goes down – “train” your body to shut down after dark.
When levels of serotonin are low, less melatonin is produced, and when it is brought up to normal levels, sleep falls into place with higher melatonin production.
Low serotonin levels are suspected to be linked to depression and insomnia, primarily because a balance must remain between serotonin and melatonin.
Don’t grab your sleeping pills to get to sleep – just make sure your serotonin/melatonin balance is up to speed.
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