Chronobiology, or circadian biology:
the science of the rhythm and signaling of time, seasons and the effect of light on our bodies.
Natural light is dynamic, phasing from darkness to bright light with blue wavelengths predominating in the morning, changing to cold white, neutral white, warm white and eventually amber tones in the evening. Each of these phases corresponds to different physiological processes in our bodies, from converting Vitamin D from the sun to it’s active hormone form through our skin, to activating or suppressing melatonin production via our pineal gland.
We have receptors for circadian processes throughout out body, from our skin to our eyes, that then communicate with our endocrine, lymphatic, gastrointestinal and other systems. Chronobiology goes far past feeling appropriately sleepy every night or wanting to “hibernate” in winter. It is implicit in regulating a wide range of biological and epigenetic processes.
tools to support your circadian biology
f.lux completely changed my sleep-ability. I spend a good chunk of the evening at the computer and it was really wreaking havoc with my sleep via my pineal gland and melatonin production. f.lux changed that almost overnight. Research shows that you can reset your circadian clock with a weekend reset of camping where all artificial light is avoided. f.lux got me pretty close to that in my own living room.
“During the day, computer screens look good—they’re designed to look like the sun. But, at 9PM, 10PM, or 3AM, you probably shouldn’t be looking at the sun.
f.lux fixes this: it makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.
It’s even possible that you’re staying up too late because of your computer. You could use f.lux because it makes you sleep better, or you could just use it just because it makes your computer look better.”
Download it to your device for free or choose to make a donation to support their project. This one is a game changer and it’s ridiculously easy to implement.