STOPS A SLUMP: Sky-gaz­ing

First For Women - - Health -

Still groggy even af­ter your morn­ing brew? Your pineal gland may be re­leas­ing a steady trickle of sleep-in­duc­ing mela­tonin—a hor­mone it’s only sup­posed to pro­duce at night. But step­ping out­side and look­ing at the sky for 5 min­utes can rev alert­ness and pro­duc­tiv­ity by up to 35 per­cent for 2 hours, say sci­en­tists at the Univer­sity of Texas Health Science Cen­ter at Hous­ton. Their stud­ies show ex­po­sure to UV light (even on dreary days) re­sets the pineal gland to shut down mela­tonin pro­duc­tion.

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