By The Light Of The Moon
Couples who want to have children are sometimes faced with challenges that can be heartbreaking. They try to conceive only to be met with disappointment month after month. There are numerous ways to address the situation, many of which cause stress and are very costly. However, there are some alternative methods to enhance fertility which are free, easy, and painless.
Nothing New Under The Sun
One such method is as old as time, and it is something everyone is aware of: the cycles of the sun and moon. Lunar and solar cycles are the very basis of our calendars, creating the structure for our days and months as well as our seasons. These same cycles affect fertility as well. Rising with the sun and sleeping when the sun goes down are two major keys in discovering natural fertility.
Sleep Deprivation Can Mean Infertility
The National Sleep Foundation says that 70 percent of Americans are sleep deprived and suffer with sleep disorders of one sort or another. We fail to give our brain and body the rest they need in order to revive and rejuvenate. As a result, life in general and our bodies in particular, suffer. That includes the reproductive system. Lack of sleep causes myriad issues, including relationship problems, mood swings, depression, immunity issues and hormone imbalance. It also leads to lifestyle habits that inhibit fertility, such as caffeine overuse and weight gain.
There was a time when jokes abounded about women and mood swings during the full moon. As it turns out, researchers have proven that before the introduction of electricity into homes, all women menstruated during the new moon and ovulated during the full moon. This has been borne of the study of cultures which today, do not use electricity in their homes. People in these cultures go to sleep in complete darkness, except for the days when the moon is full.
On The Sunny Side Of Things
On the other side of things, it is equally important to get enough sunlight or other forms of full spectrum light during the day. Our bodies create Vitamin D when we are exposed to sunlight and research indicates a link between Vitamin D deficiency and infertility. As with sleep, the majority of Americans are Vitamin D deficient.
The circadian rhythms of our bodies are regulated by sunlight and the result of sufficient sunlight is that we sleep better at night. Just as adequate sleep helps to ensure immunological strength in our bodies, regular exposure to the sun does the same thing. A healthy pregnancy is supported by a strong immune system.
Sun + Moon = Baby
Bright light prevents the body from overproducing melatonin, which is critical for sleep but suppresses fertility. So, to bring things full circle, if a woman lives as though there was no electricity, getting at least one hour of sun during the day, and sleeping in almost total darkness at night, her circadian rhythm will begin to balance out and her fertility will improve. The small amount of light she receives from the full moon will halt melatonin production long enough for her to ovulate.
This is the perfect time to make love, in the light of the full moon.