I am aware that the earth’s tilt creates darker days in certain parts of the world, however the sun is always shining. Wherever we are in the world the sun is always shining.
A healthy and positive mindset will determine how well you will do with less hours of sun; bearing in mind that the length of the day affects all of us.
When exposed to the sun we produce less of a hormone called melatonin and so feel more awake and energetic. When we have less sunlight some of us can be prone to a depression usually caused by lack of sunlight.
So how to create more melatonin during the dark winter months?
Here are some natural ways to boost your Melatonin production:-
- Increase exposure to natural sunlight
- Go to bed at a reasonable time
- Reduce your exposure to artificial lights at night, especially from your laptop etc
- Eat Melatonin rich foods: Cherries, Corn, Asparagus, Tomatoes, Pomegranate, Olives, Grapes, Broccoli, Nuts ( Walnuts, peanuts, flaxseed, sunflower seeds).
- Deal with Stress – Stress impacts Melatonin levels. Melatonin levels helps to control sleep cycles. More sleep, less stress; you get the picture.
6. The HOLY GRAIL OF THEM ALL – MEDITATION.
How does meditation help? Meditation works with the pineal gland to create greater Melatonin concentration naturally! Recent research (Massion et al, 1995, 2012) show meditators have higher melatonin levels than non meditators.
In the UK, the Medicines Control Agency banned the over the counter sale of melatonin after it decided that melatonin was “medicinal by function” and as such requires a drug licence. It has written to all relevant suppliers, (mainly health food shops) ordering them to stop selling the product.
However since your body can create it naturally, lets get at it!!