Every morning you wake up, go about your day (hopefully with energy…) and then night comes and you drift off to a peaceful, regenerative sleep…Wouldn't that be perfect if it happened that easily every day...
Our bodies operate like a clock, with thousands of functions being switched on and off throughout the day and night. It doesn't stop as we know, or that would be a problem...but there is a rhythm to what happens, when. These are our Circadian Rhythms, and we have been programmed with them from the beginning of time.
Is there one clock or many clocks?
Each organ and even each cell has its own circadian clock, but we also have a master clock whose job it is to keep it all in sync. This master clock is found in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), located in the hypothalamus, in the brain. It’s a complicated process but essentially what happens is the SCN receives direct input from the eyes. And what is entering the eye…light of course. And what is the best kind of light for our natural bodies…natural light from the sun. It contains the full spectrum of wavelengths, with all the colors in just the right balance to help our bodies function optimally. Not at all like artificial lights which have far too much blue and green light and not at all in harmony with red and orange light.
This spectral chart shows the difference very clearly between natural light from the sun, and the second diagram is artificial light from electronic devices such as smartphones and TV's.