Kill the Night Light!

New research says that light, any light—iPhone texts, clocks that have blue light and God-forbid television—get it out of the bedroom or throw a blanket over it, but better still, move it to another room—you want to sleep, don’t you?




Does this make sense to you?


I’ve got your answer: Yes, it does.


If there is artificial light, even a sliver of it, it affects your sleep. The director of the Center for Circadian and Sleep Medicine from Northwest University, Dr. Phyllis Zee, says how surprised she was to find out that even the smallest sliver of light gets through your eyes and into your brain. This effect then, has adverse consequences on metabolic health and your cardiovascular system.


There was a little bitty study to this affect, but it doesn’t matter to me, I’m sold. As a consequence, I have room darkening shades, my water glass blocks any clock/music light, and I wear eyeshades faithfully. With guided imagery and meditation as my bedfellow, I experience deep, involved dreaming sleep, also commonly known as REM or rapid eye movement sleep, one of the two basic states of sleep. Ah, heaven.


Research:

https://www.pnas.org/doi/10.1073/pnas.2113290119

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