Good Sleep Your Way To Melatonin


Quick Tip Monday!!!

Here’s a blast from blog past!

Turn off your cell phones, televisions, laptops, tablets and all other electronic devices and let there be darkness.
Darkness, you ask? Yes!
Nighttime sleep is not just a nap taken after hours or something we do just because we need to. In fact, here’s a little known secret about night sleeping that may surprise you.
What’s that Secret?!!!
Sleeping in darkness, helps the pineal gland/body (a small appendage of the brain) produce Melatonin.
What is Melatonin 
It is a hormone produced when you sleep in complete darkness. It’s production increases at night and decreases during the day. That makes it very important to get the proper amounts of sleep at night in total darkness.

Complete darkness, is that really necessary?
Yes! Any exposure to light during those peak hours can interrupt the hormone production and cause a decrease of melatonin amounts.
FYI: Research shows that taking a flashlight to the bathroom as oppose to turning on the lights is very important in not disturbing the melatonin levels being produced.
When are the Peak hours?
Dr. Mercola,  wrote a thought-provoking article on melatonin, stating that your brain starts secreting melatonin between 9pm and 10pm
How is Melatonin vital to my overall health?
  • Avoid watching TV or using your computer in the evening, or at least an hour or so before going to bed. These devices emit light that may hinder the process.
  • Make sure you get BRIGHT sun exposure regularly. Your pineal gland produces melatonin roughly in approximation to the contrast of bright sun exposure in the day and complete darkness at night. If you are in darkness all day long, it can’t appreciate the difference and will not optimize your melatonin production.
  • Sleep in complete darkness, or as close to it as possible.
  • Install a low-wattage yellow, orange, red light bulb or use a flashlight if you need a source of light for navigation at night.
  • Keep the temperature in your bedroom no higher than 70 degrees F.
  • Get some sun in the morning, if possible. Your circadian system(daily sleep/wake cycle) needs bright light to reset itself. Ten to 15 minutes of morning sunlight will send a strong message to your internal clock that day has arrived, making it less likely to be confused by weaker light signals during the night. More sunlight exposure is required as you age.
Is Melatonin found in foods?
Yes. Pineapples, Bananas, Oranges, Sweet Corn, Rice, Tomatoes, and Barley. There are also small amounts found in Goji Berries, Almonds, Sunflower Seeds, Coriander and Cherries.
Is there a supplement I can take?

Yes, but God has made it so that our brain will do what it needs to do (produce melatonin) if we do what we need to do (get proper rest).

Is that enough to convince you to surrender your electronics at night?


Here’s To Your Health!!!

Stephanie B. Davis
Certified Natural Health Professional
Social Media and Marketing Director for Dr. Celeste Owens Ministries

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