You may have heard about Circadian Rhythms, the cycles of life driven by the sun’s rising and setting and the amount of light and darkness in our days.
What you might not know is that light is color and color is light. The colors of light, at specific times of the day, activate our bodies to respond in different ways. Mix up the colors and the rhythm and you would be challenging your body’s ability to regulate itself through sleep and hormonal cycles. Some recent studies have actually shown decreased human growth due to overexposure to the ‘wrong’ color light at the ‘wrong’ time of day.
Researchers have discovered that blue wavelength light, which is most available in the morning, has a way of signaling the pineal gland to stop producing Melatonin, the sleep hormone. No melatonin, you lie awake unable to sleep and you body is unable to regenerate itself as efficiently and you are deprived of the all-important REM sleep needed for a healthy mind, body and soul. The answer, turn off the TV and the computer in the early evening or at least an hour before bedtime. You’ll have better sleep and perhaps more cuddling with your significant other.
Color is actually Light, and each color is its own frequency that speaks to our bodies unlocking different responses in our physiology. The color around us, either on our walls or reflected to us from the greenery outside, or from the TV or computer screen, speaks directly to our bodies rearranging our ability to be healthy, happy and wealthy. Feng Shui has known this and .
Here’s the bottom line: the colors of our spaces influence us: our moods, our associative memory and our phyisology. Feng Shui has been telling us this for thousands of years, the Egyptians for thousands of years before that and now researchers are proving it with scientific accuracy. To paraphrase T.S.Elliot, its as though our explorations have led us back to the place where we started and we know it as if for the first time. (full quote here.)
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Research Team Shows Skin Stem Cells Run By Circadian Clock
(PhysOrg.com) — Most everyone has heard of the circadian rhythm or the internal clock that people have that tells them when to do things, such as go to sleep. In fact, researchers have actually located where this “clock” resides in the human brain. It’s in the suprachiasmatic nuclei, a pair of distinct groups of cells located in the hypothalamus. So, that would seem the end of it right, except it’s not; new research by a group in Spain has found that individual stem cells in skin have their own circadian clock of sorts that tells the skin when to do certain thing, like regenerate. The team led by Peggy Janich and Salvador Aznar Benitah, has published the results of their study in Nature.