Ode to autumn
Author: Maharishi Ayurveda Date Posted:20 March 2017
As the days of sunlight are diminishing as autumn moves into winter do you notice a shift in your mood or your sleep patterns become irregular?
Although all of us are impacted as the hours of sunlight each day become less, for some it can lead to low mood states, sleep disorders and what has been coined Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) by Dr Rosenthal, a lead researcher in the field.
We have various body cycles often referred to as biological rhythms that stimulate and control the processess that re-ocurr daily, such as body temperature, hormone secretion, alertness and onset of sleep.
- 6.00 am The body responds to the movement from night to day.
- 6.45 am Sharpest rise in blood pressure – the body is priming itself for the day.
- 7.30am Body stops the secretion of melatonin - alertness increases
- 8.30am Bowel movement more likely. The waste of yesterday is let go ideally first thing in the morning. If you have difficulty with this take 2-4 tablets of Digest Tone prior bed and 1 -2 tablets of Digest Plus after breakfast and evening meals.
- 9.00 am Highest level of testosterone secretion for the day. It’s time to be active!
- 10.00am Highest alertness. The fire element has increased and Pitta time is in full swing.
- 12.00 noon When the sun is at it’s fullest. As our digestion is fueled by the internal sun, this is the best time of the day for digesting heavier meals. Hence the recommendaiton that we have our main food at this time of the day.
- 2.30pm Best co-ordination. Your mind body co-ordination is at it’s peak at this time of the day.
- 3.30pm Fastest reaction time. If speed is important to you then schedule activites that require mental speed and physiccal speed at this time.
- 5.00pm Greatest cardiovascular efficiency and muscle strength. This is a good time to exercise or do yoga asanas or sun salutation.
- 6.00pm The day is starting to wind down.
- 6.30pm Highest blood pressure
- 7.00pm Highest body temperature
- 9.00pm Melatonin secretion starts. This is nature’s way of preparing you for sleep. So when you start to feel sleepy avoid resisting and consider going straight to bed as you are more likely then to have a restful sleep. If you have difficulty settling at this time take Blissful Sleep 2 tablets with a cup of Slumber Time Tea.
- 10.30pm Bowel movement supressed. Nature knows best! It is good to be in bed by 10 -10.30pm.
- 2.00am Deepest sleep. Ideally by 2.00 pm your body will have gone thorugh a couple of two hour sleep cycles and will be enjoying a very deep state of sleep at this time.
Tip If you wake in the night then take 2 tablets of Deep Rest at bedtime and 2 again if you wake. This will help to reset your sleep rhythms.
- 4.30am Lowest body temperature. The rest of sleep allows your whole body to settle into a settled state, resulting in a lower body temperature.
- If your mood is altered at this time of the year then seriously consider taking 2 tablets of Blissful Joy 30-60 minutes after breakfast and evening meals. It helps your body to restore healthy serotonin levels.
Wishing you the bliss of balance as the seasonal change unfolds.