Serotonin is a chemical that can only provide behavioral benefits when it’s produced in the brain. On a biological level, a deficiency in serotonin can lead to symptoms such as aggressive behavior and irritability. On a metaphysical level, a deficiency in serotonin might actually cause a delay of the manifestation of our dreams.
So, what steps can we take to ensure that the serotonin we produce remains at levels that help us instead of cause us possible pain? Well, as we’ve seen in previous blog entries, it appears that light may hold the answers we’re searching for.
According to a growing number of health specialists, exposure to sunlight may help increase serotonin levels in the body. Although studies of sunlight and serotonin are inconclusive, some researchers have recorded a positive correlation between serotonin synthesis and the number of hours per day spent in the sun. In fact, the mood disorder known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) has long been treated by bright light therapy.
Another excellent way to increase levels of serotonin in our bodies is through exercise. Exercise has long been recognised as a good treatment for cases of mild depression because it offers natural mood-enhancing benefits – and offers none of the potential side effects of popular antidepressant drugs.
On a more sedentary level, meditation too has been known to increase serotonin production via an increase in Alpha brain wave patterns.
Now, although brain waves such as Alpha waves are generally associated with serotonin, once we cross the threshold into lower brain wave rhythms such as Theta or Delta, there is a significant drop in our so-called happiness chemical, and an increase in the sleep-inducing hormone known as melatonin.
Melatonin is a hormone which regulates our sleep patterns, and is produced by a gland called the pineal gland (also known in metaphysical circles as the “third eye”).
The pineal gland is stimulated by nerves from the eyes, and…