The sleeping environment

Your body responds to environmental stimuli, whether or not your know it. Because a huge percentage of women live in what amounts to an urban setting at night, with street lights and cars driving past all night, those of us whose bodies perceive such light respond as though it were daylight, even if only briefly.

But what does nature do?

Nature assumes you have light in the day and dark in the night. Our pineal gland and several hormones enforce those actions. Our bodies have not evolved beyond this.

So, it is your responsibility to make your bedroom really dark, the way that nature intend it, not only during sleep but intermittently if you awake, still during sleep. Perhaps you have to go to the bathroom, or change the baby, or your partner wakes your sleep. So long as your intention is to go back to sleep, you should not have any white light around you. (Humans may have developed fire, but fire produces mostly a red light, and when it isn’t tended -- in other words when you go to sleep -- it is totally red.)

If your cycle doesn't match with the moon's, keep your bedroom dark until your cycle matches the moon's cycle. You will find you are likely to get into a match with the moon much more quickly that way. Then use the nightlight as above.

How will you do this?

First, you must find drapes or covers for your windows. They must be thick enough so that no light comes in, no matter the source. To test them at night, close the door, turn off the lights in the room and hold up your hand to the covered windows. Can you see your hand from the street light or passing cars? If so, the drape or cover isn’t thick enough.

Secondly, you must make arrangements so as to protect yourself from any lights that turn on or off during the night, such as any light that might shine through when someone opens the bedroom door. Those lights must have a red bulb, which you can buy at your hardware store. As with a normal fire, red lights will not trigger ovulation prematurely.

Third, you may need one red light in the bathroom, too, if it is anyone’s habit to turn a light on there at night.

Your bedroom now duplicates nature’s way. The only other manipulation of light is in mid-month. Put a small white nightlight, 15 to 25 watts, on the other side of the room. On the 14th or 15th day of the month, counting from the first day of your menstrual period, turn on that light before you go to sleep. Use it for three nights, and then don’t use it again until your next month.

Once you have made these preparations, the rest is easy!