With the clocks going forward this Saturday night there’ll be lots of lovely light evenings coming up!
But for some the change in daylight hours can cause chaos with their sleep patterns and the body's internal body clock - or Circadian rhythm.
What's a Circadian Rhythm?
Your Circadian rhythms are your body's physical, mental and behavioural changes that recur naturally within a 24-hour cycle.
They dictate the daily rhythm of your body and create signals that make you feel tired, sleep, wake up, and feel alert or sluggish around the same time each day.
Why is the Pineal Gland Important for Sleep?
Your Pineal Gland is a small endocrine gland in the centre of your brain. Its primary function is to help regulate your body's circadian rhythm by secreting the hormone melatonin.
It receives information about the day-night cycle from the retinas in your eyes and it then produces and releases the hormone melatonin accordingly.
Melatonin modulates your sleep patterns and releases the highest levels of melatonin when there’s darkness and decreases melatonin production when you’re exposed to light - which points to melatonin’s role in sleep.
The pineal gland also affects bone metabolism, mental health, drug metabolism, ageing and other aspects of health.
The Spiritual Benefits of the Pineal Gland
In spiritual practices the pineal gland is widely recognised as regulating with the Third Eye or the Ajna Chakra, which is located on the forehead, above the bridge of the nose, immediately between the eyebrows.
This chakra guides intuition and foresight and controls openness and imagination. It can also help you gain access to more mystical states of consciousness. It is linked with the colour indigo and energy healers will use blue-purple colour and light to work on this area.
When this chakra is balanced, the pineal gland functions properly which means that the biorhythms dependent on the pineal gland are also maintained in a healthy way.
How Can I Improve my Sleep?
If your Circadian rhythm falls out of balance and your sleep patterns go haywire, there's a few things you can try to reset and rebalance them..
Exercise early in the day
Enjoy regular exposure to sunlight first thing in the morning
Increase your intake of leafy green vegetables - the detoxing qualities can help decalcify your pineal gland which its claimed may also help reduce migraines.
Taking supplements such as spirulina, chlorella, wheatgrass, and blue-green algae
Limit shellfish and tuna fish in your diet due to their raised mercury content
Meditation practices to open and balance the Anja chakra
Which Nimaya Treatments Help Improve Your Sleep
If you need help readjusting your sleep patterns or have problems with getting enough sleep, then Nimaya offers the following treatments to help you get a great nights sleep!
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Circadian Regulation of Pineal Gland Rhythmicity
The pineal gland is a neuroendocrine organ of the brain. Its main task is to synthesize and secrete melatonin, a nocturnal hormone with diverse physiological functions. The pineal gland receives adrenergic innervation, which activates a cascade of circadian events that leads to the nightly formation of melatonin from serotonin. Serotonin is present at high levels in the pineal gland during the day and increases further at night in the absence of melatonin formation