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Has Mold Made You An Owl?

Humans are awake in the day. 🌞

Owls are awake aaaaaaaaallllll night. 🦉

Is mold making you feel like an owl?

Mold disrupts our circadian rhythm. Circadian rhythm is the system, or “drum beat”, that dictates all of our inner workings – energy, digestion, attention, hormones, and very critically – our sleep-wake cycle.

Mold can flip-flop our body’s sense of night and day. Many mold-affected people report being awake all night, with active thoughts, energy, hunger, and often anxiety. Then the next day they’re completely wiped out.

So they put their entire emphasis on getting to sleep. They try every combination of remedies at bedtime to conk out…often with frustrating results.

Sound like you?

Well here’s the missing piece. We live in a world of contrast…the yin and the yang. If you don’t anchor in the day, your body has no barometer for the night. Make sense?

How do we anchor in the day? By getting exposed to daylight when the sun comes up (or as soon after – hey, I’m a realist!)

I’ve found that a consistent dedication to 10 minutes of daylight as close to sunrise as possible, helps my patients sleep better at night. By anchoring the day, you set the rhythm for the day, and the natural rhythms of the body….which translates to deeper, more refreshing sleep.

Tell mold that you are a human, NOT an owl. ☀️ Get out in the daylight with the early birds so you can conquer mold and take back your health.


Mold messes with circadian rhythm.

Why does that matter? Cause circadian rhythm drives all of our systems in our body. It drives blood sugar, digestion, hormones, how our brains work, and most importantly sleep time. 

Mold makes you more like an owl than a human. So at night, you’re up. You can’t sleep, your brain’s working. You’re hungry. Instead of getting that rest time.

So there’s a simple little hack. A mold-sleep hack is get outside in the early, the wee hours of the day. As early as possible get 10 minutes of daylight. Get 10 minutes. That’s all I’m asking. And that helps anchor in “it’s awake time.” So that then when you do all of your sleep hygiene stuff — melatonin and nervine herbs — to get to sleep at night there is the contrast to tell the body it’s sleep time.

If you’re having trouble sleeping and you’ve been affected by mold, get outside in the wee hours of the morning so you can break the mold and take back your health.

This content is health information and not intended as personal medical advice. Viewing will not establish a doctor-patient relationship. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical condition. The information discussed is not intended to replace the advice of your healthcare provider. Reliance on information provided by Dr. Jill Crista, employees, or others appearing at the invitation of Dr. Crista is solely at your own risk.

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