Passionate about sleep and growing up within a family of medics and researchers who have delved deeply into the subject of sleep, Antoneta Bursac, founder of KLARSKIN tells us how light and radiation affects our melatonin levels and how sleep can be a powerful anti-aging agent.
Melatonin is a powerful antioxidant (5x more powerful than Vitamin C) which is produced in the brain. The production and release of Melatonin occurs at night when the brain repairs itself, and when our cells get to work. I don’t think many people understand the importance of sleep on melatonin and the effects of melatonin to clean up cancer cells, waste, fights free radicals amongst many other things.
The production of Melatonin is not only vital for our health but also helps improves our quality of sleep and prevents us from waking up during the night as well as being a powerful anti-ageing agent as it gets to work on repairing cells and fighting infections and inflammation within our system.
Light from any screen will suppress the production of melatonin, even from your phone. This is why you shouldn't sleep with a phone in your room – our brain sees EMF radiation as physical light, even if it is completely dark. This includes Wifi Routers, laptops, TVs, phones. The pineal gland is the gland that secretes melatonin and is highly light sensitive. This gland sends signals from the brain to your cells to repair themselves. However if there is any form of light, those signals don’t get sent, and cells don't get repaired. There are several studies online explaining how this can even lead to cancerous cell growth. So when our brains see EMF radiation (it doesn't distinguish between mobile phone signals and physical light – it's all light to our brain!) our brain thinks it's never dark and doesn’t send out melatonin.
There are melatonin supplements but I do not believe taking these supplements as your brain then suppresses its own production, meaning once you stop taking the supplement it takes a while for the hormone to regulate. Tropical fruits, bananas, oranges, oats, tomatoes, barley are also great foods to help your body create melatonin. Or you can find melatonin boosting plant powder in our KLARSKIN Radiance Powder also as an added benefit!