Most people have heard of melatonin, and over 3 million Americans take it as a sleep aid. But did you know that it isn’t just a supplement — it’s a hormone your body naturally produces?

Melatonin modulates the sleep-wake cycle and is responsible for making you drowsy and relaxed at nighttime. And it’s produced like clockwork by your very own pineal gland!

That’s right — the pineal gland is the source of all that special sauce that makes catching Z’s a breeze.

Called “the seat of the soul” by philosopher Rene Descartes, (famous for “I think, therefore I am.”)  this gland is associated with the mysterious process of unconscious timekeeping. It keeps track of light and temperature conditions and uses that information to determine when it’s time to flood you with melatonin.

If you struggle with insomnia or intend to travel into different timezones, consider placing ear seeds on your Pineal Gland Point to manage your sleep-wake cycle. This acupressure point is located at the lowest part of your ear’s tragus and is included in our ear charts for Sleep/Insomnia.

The Pineal Gland Point is unique in its potential to synchronize your body clock. Stimulating this area may empower your brain to recalibrate its inner timer and keep a more consistent schedule moving forward.

Our Sleep/Insomnia Kit teaches you four different placement points to promote deep, restful sleep and a stable circadian rhythm.

To explore a wider range of condition-specific references, try one of our Multi-Condition Kits including ear charts for Sleep/Insomnia, Relaxation, and Stress Relief.