written by Rosie Matheson
What is Lunaception?
Lunaception is the concept of using light to regulate your menstrual cycle, this idea was first formerly put forth in the 70’s book by Louise Lacey ‘Lunaception’. This practice takes a cue from the moon using the manipulation of light to increase fertility, regulate menstrual cycles, and prompt a return to your innate circadian rhythms.
She found that sleeping in complete darkness except for three nights each cycle (when she slept with a 40-watt bulb under a lampshade or with a 75- watt bulb beaming a shaft of light from a nearby bathroom (essentially mimicking full-moon light) triggered ovulation.
There are many culprits in modern living that can tip our hormones, most of us have been exposed to various chemicals, antibiotics, prescription medications, periods of heightened emotional stress, intense exercising, hormonal birth control, refined foods, and long periods of time spent away from nature entirely. All of which can disrupt the optimal flow and balance of our hormones.
Another sneaky player in hormonal imbalance is artificial light. It’s now commonly known that the blue light from electronic screens disrupts melatonin, which can negatively impact our sleep cycles. Because melatonin levels influence the hormones that regulate periods, we can actually flip this sensitivity to be one a huge advantage.
Through the orchestration of specific light patterns throughout the month, we can actually invite our hormones to sync with the moon. The hypothalamus gland is richly supplied with melatonin receptors, and this gland regulates your body’s overall homeostasis, including things like blood pressure, emotions, temperature, and the endocrine (hormonal) system.
If the hypothalamus doesn’t receive sufficient melatonin, its ability to regulate the hormonal system can be impaired. To support sleep regulation and hormone balance we apply the lighting patterns of the moon to our own bedroom to re-align our cycles.
How to Implement Lunaception
Create a completely dark environment in your bedroom. You may need to add blackout curtains to your window so no light can seep in. Place a towel or a door snake over the crack at the bottom of your door so that once the lights are off, you should not be able to see your hand in front of your face.
A sleep mask although better than nothing is not a complete substitute. The idea is that the body senses the light of the environment through other openings, such as the ears or nose so blacking out your room is preferable.
If you know you’re likely to take bathroom trips during the night, put a red light bulb in your bathroom or use a flash light with a red light setting. The red light is thought to emulate firelight which was frequently used in traditional cultures and will not trigger early ovulation.
Sleep in your carefully created complete darkness until it is time for the three days of night lighting There are a couple different methods in regards to when you may choose to night light.
How to night light?
For the three nights of light, sleep with a 40-watt bulb under a lampshade in the room, or with a 75-watt bulb shaft of light beaming through your open bedroom door from a from a nearby hallway/bathroom/bedroom etc.
This sudden appearance of light after the dark works to essentially mimic the full-moon light and trigger ovulation.
Side noter: If you’re not already charting, get to it : ) That way you’ll have a better understanding of when and if your body is shifting.
SYNCING WITH THE MOON WILL BENEFIT YOU IF:
Written by Rosie Matheson, @daughterofthehive @rosierosematheson
Art by @_hijadelsol_