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And importance of Melatonin
Below contents are taken from different sources while researching the above topic. This is all about why do we get sleep and not about what happens during sleep I understood that the facts given here are true and best to my knowledge. Hope most people will agree with me - Ram
This 24-hour cycle is controlled by a combination of two internal influences: sleep homeostasis and circadian rhythms
Homeostasis is the process by which the body maintains a “steady state” of internal conditions such as blood pressure, body temperature, and acid-base balance. The amount of sleep each night is also under homeostatic control. From the time that we wake up, the homeostatic drive for sleep accumulates, reaching its maximum in the late evening when most individuals fall asleep. As long as we are awake, blood levels of adenosine rise continuously, resulting in a growing need for sleep that becomes more and more difficult to resist. Conversely, during sleep, levels of adenosine decrease, thereby reducing the need for sleep. Certain drugs, like caffeine, work by blocking the adenosine receptor, disrupting this process. Sleep loss results in the accumulation of a sleep debt that must eventually be repaid. When we stay up all night, for example, our bodies will demand that we make up each hour of lost sleep, by napping or sleeping longer in later cycles, or suffer the consequences. Even the loss of one hour of sleep time that accumulates for several days can have a powerful negative effect on daytime performance, thinking, and mood.
Circadian rhythms refer to the cyclical changes, like fluctuations in body temperature, hormone levels, and sleep that occur over a 24-hour period, driven by the brain's biological “clock.”
melatonin is produced by the pineal gland in the brain when night falls. Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that is key to sleep and the sleep-wake cycle in humans and animals. Yoga Makes You Younger -The Third Eye and it's effects on the pineal gland's production of melatonin. which is thought to trigger sleep. Melatonin is the seat of the soul. When our surroundings are dark. Melatonin is made from an amino acid called tryptophan. It is also an important physiological regulator of the sleep-wake cycle. This suggests that regular practice of meditation is necessary. anticipating sleep. Another study found that meditation before bedtime increased melatonin levels for that night. and the level of melatonin gradually increases. The scientific connection between melatonin and meditation was first explored in 1995 by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center's Stress Reduction and Relaxation Program. Early reports said that a person's melatonin levels peaked at age 20 and gradually decreased to 20% at age 80. Our circadian rhythm (or 'body clock') is influenced by melatonin. Researchers found that women who meditated had significantly higher levels compared with women who did not. No increases in blood melatonin levels were noted on nights where participants didn't meditate. as it acts as a cue'. . or SCN tells the pineal gland to produce melatonin. In the body. Melatonin levels were originally thought to decline with age. overnight urine samples were collected and tested for 6-sulphatoxymelatonin. Siddhas will say that if you lose your semen then you lose your melatonin and ultimately you won’t be able to succeed in Yoga. a melatonin breakdown product thought to be an accurate reflection of blood melatonin levels. reaching its peak in the middle of the night in natural circumstances. The retina detects failing light. This theory was used to explain why many older people have sleep difficulties. the suprachiasmatic nucleus. Since melatonin is produced mainly at night.
Because it is situated in the middle of the brain. The french philosopher Descartes suggested that the pineal gland. melatonin. on a straight line from the pineal gland. According to several occult traditions. among meditators and mystics.Regulates oestrogen level among woman . both in humans and animals. It is not until the last 50 years that science has started to uncover some of the pineal glands great secrets. and can release special ecstatic and transcendental experiences. western science has mainly ignored this gland and considered it more or less useless.Strengthen the immune system . transcendental wisdom and spiritual consciousness. because it is one of the places in the body where it is most easy to hold a steady focus. and makes it look like a small cone in x-rays. and the gateway to the spiritual world. .Regulates sleep function The pineal gland is light sensitive. or the cone gland. as he called it. it is used to detect tumours of the brain. was the dwelling place of the soul. But apart from this comment.Decreases the aging process . has several effects: . and has a regulating effect in sleep function. symbolising unity. New discoveries have now shown that the hormone secreted by this gland. as well as it activates psychic energy.Regulates body heat . Melatonin has in fact also psychedelic effects. because this would displace the pineal gland from it's centre. With the exception of the kidneys. and originates from earlier history of evolution when we were a more primitive species. With Shiva the third eye is found described as a "shining spot" and "a flaming pearl".Starts off puberty . which is situated in the middle of the forehead.The pineal gland is considered one of the body's greatest mysteries. Today we know that it is an endocrine gland which secrets the hormone melatonin. and is one of the reasons it is part of the body's biological clock. Since Darwin it has been described as remnicents of an eye which no longer is in use. After seven years of age small layers of calcification appears in the gland. This point is often used as point of concentration in meditation. and there is several indications that this gland plays a much greater role than previously thought. It is shaped like a pine cone and placed exactly in the middle of the brain. the pineal gland is connected to "The Third Eye". no other place in the body receives as much supply of blood as the pineal gland.
Often this includes experiments on animals. It has been reported increased cancer incidents in areas with unnormally high electric power fields. which often does not correlate to reactions in the human body. In the Bible there is a saying that refers to the third eye: "Let thine eye be single. is a central cause for many of the diseases occurring in the elderly. Yoga and melatonin . This is from the King James version of the Bible which was written in the time of Shakespeare.Concentration on this point will sooner or later give strong impressions of inner light. Because of melatonin's powerful effects there is today a lot of research being done. Melatonin also influences the production of T. Melatonin is an active cancer protecting substance. and is an important part of the body's imunesystem. It is particularly in its function as an antioxydant that melatonin has this effect." (Mark 6:22 and Luke 11:34. Swami Sannyasananda writes in a research report on melatonin: "Reduction of melatonin during the night increases the celles' vulnerability towards cancer causing substances.) An Australian researcher. They therefore suggest to give many elderly hormone supplements in the form of synthetic melatonin to counteract diseases and prolong life. They presume that the reduction of melatonin with age. That thy whole body shall be full of light. After three years of research they are convinced that the hormones secreted by the pineal gland plays a central role in the mechanisms controlling stress in primates.cells which counteracts stress and is one of the imunesystems most active substances. and is a method to get in contact with the energy dimension beyond the physical body. Later editions have other translations which often looses this interesting point made out by Jesus." Melatonin decreases with age According to two scientists at the Macquarie University in Australia. professor Keith Cairncross and professor Arthur Everitt this gland is a pure fountain of youth. which results in decreased melatonin production during the night. which both prevents cancer and the development of cancer.
On this background it is a highly recommended practise to do Tratak before bedtime to calm down. Rai L. for 3 months. Another Research Study: Effects of Hatha yoga and Omkar meditation on cardiorespiratory performance. and meditation for 30 minutes daily. and other benefits of increased melatonin production. Delhi. heart rate. . Harinath K. and melatonin secretion. pranayama for 15 minutes. India. and secure deep sleep and a strengthening of the imunesystem. It can be uses also in the morning. Alternate breathing followed by Tratak takes 15 minutes. or as described before bedtime. Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences. Tratak is concentration on an external object and in this case. Group 1 subjects served as controls and performed body flexibility exercises for 40 minutes and slow running for 20 minutes during morning hours and played games for 60 minutes during evening hours daily for 3 months. Kumar R. breathing or Nadi Shodan pranayama. Kain TC. the flame of a candle. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Thirty healthy men in the age group of 25-35 years volunteered for the study. Malhotra AS. Prasad R. as well as a preparation for meditation. psychologic profile. and melatonin secretion. Orthostatic tolerance. has a dramatic effect on melatonin production. Group 2 subjects practiced selected yogic asanas (postures) for 45 minutes and pranayama for 15 minutes during the morning. Experiments on persons doing Tratak every evening before sleep showed a significant increase of melatonin. The two practises are good in combination. Pal K.There are natural means to increase the production of melatonin. and particularly Candle gazing or Tratak. Abstract OBJECTIVES: To evaluate effects of Hatha yoga and Omkar meditation on cardiorespiratory performance. They were randomly divided in two groups of 15 each. psychologic profile. Sawhney RC. and particularly simple yoga techniques. whereas during the evening hours these subjects performed preparatory yogic postures for 15 minutes. Timarpur.
respiratory rate. anxiety or hope.71. mean arterial pressure. forced expiratory volume percentage. Here are two meditation techniques that are based on those used in the research studies.Mindfulness Meditation 1. RESULTS: Yogic practices for 3 months resulted in an improvement in cardiorespiratory performance and psychologic profile.05) with well-being score. The systolic blood pressure. forced expiratory volume in 1 second. Serial blood samples were drawn at various time intervals to study effects of these yogic practices and Omkar meditation on melatonin levels. For maximal benefit. When thoughts come up in your mind. the maximum night time melatonin levels in yoga group showed a significant correlation (r = 0. the air enter your nostrils and leave your mouth. . might be responsible for improved sense of well-being. focusing on the sensation of air moving in and out of your body as you breathe. Feel your belly rise and fall. and maximum voluntary ventilation). dynamic lung function (such as forced vital capacity. 2. 3. Pay attention to the way each breath changes and is different. try to meditate for twenty minutes to half an hour before you go to sleep using the technique that feels more comfortable for you. However. neck and back straight but not stiff. and orthostatic tolerance did not show any significant correlation with plasma melatonin. and psychologic profile were measured before and after 3 months of yogic practices. whether it be a worry. fear. p < 0. diastolic blood pressure. which. in turn. Watch every thought come and go. don't ignore or suppress them but simply note them. remain calm and use your breathing as an anchor. Method 1 . Find a quite and comfortable place. Become aware of your breathing. peak expiratory flow rate.blood pressure. CONCLUSION: These observations suggest that yogic practices can be used as psychophysiologic stimuli to increase endogenous secretion of melatonin. Sit in a chair or on the floor with your head. The plasma melatonin also showed an increase after three months of yogic practices. Try to put aside all thoughts of the past and the future and stay in the present.
slowly open your eyes and get up gradually. 4. Try to relax your muscles.Relaxation Response 1. Inhale through your nose and pause for a few seconds. without judging. Exhale through your mouth. observe where your mind went off to. Breathe slowly and naturally. slowly produce to sound "saah". . 5. Remember not to be hard on yourself if this happens. Don't worry about how well you are doing and don't feel bad if thoughts or feelings intrude. If you find yourself getting carried away in your thoughts. As you breathe in. As the time comes to a close. Choose a word or phrase that has special meaning to you and makes you feel peaceful. 5.4. Simply say to yourself "Oh well" and return to your repetition. Method 2 . Becoming aware of where you are. Or you can try the words "Ham Sah". As you exhale. which should feel like a sigh. a Sanskrit mantra meaning "I am that". 6. sit for a minute or two. slowly produce the sound "haaam" as if you are sinking into a hot bath. 3. again pausing for a few seconds. 2. and simply return to your breathing. Get up gradually. Find a quiet place and sit in a comfortable position. continue to be aware of your breathing but sit quietly. As the time comes to a close. becoming aware of where you are.
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