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Having done a little research on melatonin I think this useful hormone may be another small thing to consider when trying to live a healthy, natural lifestyle.
Melatonin is secreted into the blood by the pineal gland  in the brain. It is a natural anti-oxidant, helping to protect DNA and plays a big role in our sleep cycles helping us to get quality sleep and make us sleepy at night. What's important is the way our brain makes melatonin. When our eyes are exposed to light (specifically blue wavelengths), our production of melatonin is inhibited. This makes sense because if it wasn't for artificial light then we'd be producing sleep inducing melatonin after the sun goes down. Our modern way of living exposes us to light sources that wouldn't have been there during our millions of years of evolution meaning that we're not producing the amounts of melatonin that we naturally should be. Everyone living a LFRV lifestyle is interested in giving the body what it needs but we should also consider the things that we subject our bodies to that aren't so natural. For instance sitting in front of a bright computer screen is a major source of artificial light that can inhibit melatonin production. Bright lights in rooms at night and watching TV will also surpress melatonin production.
This may all seem a tad anal but if it can help at all in being as healthy as you can then whats the harm in dimming the lights a bit or using romantic candles instead of 100watt bulbs. You even save electricity too!

By the way if you're like me and like to use your computer then I found this handy little free program which cuts out blue light from your computer screen at night!
http://www.stereopsis.com/flux/

Tags: Melatonin, healthy, lifestyle, sleep

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I just downloaded the program you linked, that you much. What are great little program, it even calculates your location and starts dimming the computer at the same time the sun is setting in your area, very cool.
yea you are in the same time zone as me so yours has already dimmed, right? You can even turn the feature off if you want.
Wow! I love it! It's night here and the change instantly relaxed me. Thank you so much for sharing! :)
I'm glad you guys like the program!
That's a neat program, using it right now :D Thank you for the link!
this program is so simple yet so powerful. i work on my computer all day long, so this will really help me out :-)
Great! Thanks for the info and link..
Blessings
Also we have to remember that the body only produces enough melatonin if we get enough carbs each day. Thats why fasters/undereaters/anorexic's/low carber's etc typically have such a hard time sleeping.

http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2004/carbs.html

wow !!!!!!!!!! this program is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  now i see why i was having problems falling asleep lately!!!! you are a genius!! thank you for sharing!

I'm so glad you bumped this! I was concerned it just use the computers dimmer and I keep mine on the lowest setting all the time but it actually adjusts it in a different way, I like it! 

I just downloaded the program. curious to test it tonight! thanks

p.s any thought on supplemental melatonin? i know its legal in the us and is illegal in germany.

love you :)

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