Sleep & MeRTSM
Proper restorative sleep is critical for brain function. The sleep-wake cycle, or circadian rhythm, is a 24-hour internal clock that runs in the background of your brain and cycles between sleepiness and alertness at regular intervals. In addition to getting an adequate amount of sleep, optimizing the circadian rhythm requires exposure to morning light.
Setting circadian rhythm for optimal MeRTSM response:
What to do: Receive at least 45 to 60 minutes exposure to the morning light between 7:00 am and 11:00 am without a barrier of window glass or sunglasses. There are light systems that also provide proper light (check with our staff for more information).
Why: During this time, a specific wavelength (450-500nm) of sunlight is emitted as the sun reflects off of the atmosphere. Receiving this light through the eyes starts a complex biological process, culminating roughly 12 hours later with the release of melatonin, which leads to drowsiness and sleep.
What to do: Go to sleep around 9:00 pm to ensure you are asleep between the hours of 10:00 pm and 2:00 am.
Why: Research has shown that the rest provided to the brain during this time frame proves to be one of the most important elements in allowing treatment to be effective and for continued optimal brain health.