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“Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

Going to bed early is good for your health, one of the main reasons why:

Melatonin

A powerful hormone the body depends on for entraining circadian rhythm in the body.

Melatonin gets released from the onset of darkness until about midnight. Artificial lights delay, prevent or limit the release of melatonin. The longer you stay up past sunset, the more you jeopardize melatonin secretion. Going to bed after midnight really limits the melatonin you get.

Aside from regulating your days and nights, why is melatonin important? Because, among many other things, including antioxidant properties and immune system support, melatonin inhibits cancer. It is one of the biggest contributors to your body’s health regulation, maintenance and repair. It could be the most important hormone you have never given a second thought to.

Just something to think about that the next time you find yourself staying up late surfing the Internet or watching TV.

Thanks for reading, have a great day with an early bedtime!

P.S. If you want to maximize you melatonin, watch the sunset and then don’t have any overhead or bright light exposure before you go to bed a hour or two later. Candles, lamps and fire light are ok. iPads, computers, phones and TVs interrupt the process.

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