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Ladies: Sleeping in total darkness and staying on your cycle...

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 06, 2012 at 7:50 PM

I did the total darkness thing while sleeping as much as possible for a year. Put Flux on my computer, made my boyfriend get heavy curtains, etc. My period got off track though. It went from happening on a full moon, to sometimes not happening for six weeks. I'm wondering if this happened to anyone else? The last two months, I did an experiment where I made sure to stick my head out the window, or be outside around 9pm every night, and get a glimpse of the moon. And when it was a full moon (and the few days before, and after), I kept the curtains in my bedroom open. I didn't sleep as well on those nights, but my period is right back on track, regular again. So... are ladies really supposed to be in total darkness every night, or are we supposed to be tied in with the moon a little bit more?

C8b2136ef95ba6aac211825ff38cc0e9

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on January 07, 2012
at 04:34 PM

This is a really interesting question. I'd never thought about it related to cycles, but I did think about complete darkness not making sense just the other night. I thought the comment below about women going into labor seemed very relevant also. Thx!

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on January 07, 2012
at 11:36 AM

Another thing... Whether it not women actually sleep in complete darkness, it's known that more pregnant women go into labour around a full moon (correct me if that's anecdotal & you have evidence to the contrary).

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

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on January 07, 2012
at 11:35 AM

I wish! I'm still Breastfeeding my DS (he'll be 3 next month) and my period came back as soon as we introduced solids @ 6 months... BUT it was back to being like clockwork (or lunar cycling?).

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on January 07, 2012
at 04:14 AM

I track according to FAM. Ovulate around full moon, menses start about new moon. No idea if it means anything, probably just bologna? However, I also read some places that surgeons prefer to avoid surgery during a full moon due to more blood loss. And the Foxfire book says that some days are better for planting or harvesting plants, building a cabin or setting wooden fences in dirt, due to the effects of the moon on the water present in the soil. I'll let you know when I have my own farm :-D

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on January 07, 2012
at 03:10 AM

Mushrooms never need total darkness, in fact they actually need light. 99% of mushroom farms have the lights on 24/7/365, that growing mushrooms in caves in total darkness is nonsense.

5294cf643205004fc805ccf41dd4e58a

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on January 07, 2012
at 12:24 AM

I wonder about the complete darkness thing too. If this is based off of our ancestors, did all the women always retreat to caves at night? Except during the full moon? (If that's part of some of this sync-with-the-moon idea?) Maybe I just don't know enough info about this to fully understand the rationale.

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on January 06, 2012
at 10:58 PM

Awesome question. I can't remember where I read it, I want to say it was in a Christiane Northrup book but I'm not sure, but it was about sleeping with a light on mid-cycle to stabilize ovulation.

D83e454e794d761ab524814c0ff8f838

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on January 06, 2012
at 08:31 PM

No, no one new. And if anything, other women have always synced up to me.

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on January 06, 2012
at 08:13 PM

And since I've been doing it my period has become irregular. Maybe it's something else though.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on January 06, 2012
at 08:12 PM

Yeah, I've had this issue too. It's so weird, but I feel so awful when I wake up if I sleep in total darkness.

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on January 06, 2012
at 08:03 PM

Excellent question. I've experimented with total darkness via sleep masks and I invariably feel like total crap -- sluggish, depressed. Stars, moonlight and sunrise are all bright so I doubt we need total darkness. Mushrooms maybe, but not people.

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78fcdeee6ac4ee7d071bbac56b9e359f

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on January 07, 2012
at 02:29 AM

I asked a question about moon exposure a couple months back and a couple people tried to tell me that the moon has nothing to do with women's cycles....ewwww-k.

I haven't had a period since June 2010 (due to pregnancy and breastfeeding), but previously my cycles definitely synched up with the moon when I started making a point to look outside every night and note the waxing and waning. Based on the other answers, it seems like some women are more sensitive to it than others. If you think you're getting a little out of rhythm, let the moonlight in!

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

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on January 07, 2012
at 11:35 AM

I wish! I'm still Breastfeeding my DS (he'll be 3 next month) and my period came back as soon as we introduced solids @ 6 months... BUT it was back to being like clockwork (or lunar cycling?).

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C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

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on January 06, 2012
at 09:49 PM

I have between a 27-29 day cycle. We live in a town house and have a roller blind at the front window of our bedroom. Our back window (our bedroom is across the whole of the top floor) has a roof window which is not covered with a blind. On the nights when there's a full moon, the moonshine lights our bedroom up. I also like rising when the sun rises (we are south east facing) through the roof window.

I'm not sure that I'm supposed to sleep in complete darkness. However, I do think that it's a good idea to block out most artificial light if that can be done.

5294cf643205004fc805ccf41dd4e58a

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on January 07, 2012
at 12:24 AM

I wonder about the complete darkness thing too. If this is based off of our ancestors, did all the women always retreat to caves at night? Except during the full moon? (If that's part of some of this sync-with-the-moon idea?) Maybe I just don't know enough info about this to fully understand the rationale.

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

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on January 07, 2012
at 11:36 AM

Another thing... Whether it not women actually sleep in complete darkness, it's known that more pregnant women go into labour around a full moon (correct me if that's anecdotal & you have evidence to the contrary).

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on January 06, 2012
at 10:50 PM

I do cover up every blinking light but I let the moon come through. I notice my periods are lighter since Paleo but I have not fluctuated other than that--I can't say what it's due to.

I don't know how old you are but my period changed a lot in my mid-late twenties and then stabilized. I would keep an eye on it and go to your Doctor to make sure everything is hunky dory.

Now I will say a terrible, terrible thing...

Has anybody ever noticed the author from Lights Out does not look healthy?

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on January 06, 2012
at 08:13 PM

Oh weird. I have f.lux as well and sleep in a pitch black bedroom - railroad style apartment, no windows. On track as always.

Been in a black room sleep state for 7-8 months, all apartments before this had windows open, curtains drawn back, so sun/stars/moon exposed. Same deal - on track, no change.

All I can think of is have you been around anyone these past months that your monthly might be syncing to?

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on January 06, 2012
at 08:31 PM

No, no one new. And if anything, other women have always synced up to me.

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on January 29, 2013
at 03:22 PM

Hi!

For all those who benefited in regularizing their cycles with exposure to moonlight, I wanted to know if it's complete exposure or just watching the moon. Pardon my ignorance but I also wanted to know how I can do with the moon part because of what they call light pollution, it's just not possible to move out of my room get soaked in moonlight coz there are many other sources of light ready to soak me in. :P

Any thoughts??

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on January 06, 2012
at 08:51 PM

I sleep with a sleep mask nightly & have a 28-29 day clockwork regular cycle--even at 48 yrs old...

Some nights, hubby & I wake up at the same time and have a chat--biphasic sleep works for us about 4 nights out of the week. Otherwise we sleep through the night, except for a pee break.

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