The Importance of Good Sleep for Good Health

The Importance of Good Sleep for Good Health

By Paul Ebeling

The Importance of Good Sleep for Good Health

  • Blue light emitted by electronic screens inhibits melatonin production, making it difficult to fall asleep.
  • Electromagnetic fields from these kinds of technologies also have significant effects

The challenge of getting quality sleep increases yearly as new technological devices are produced that keep people entertained when they would be better off sleeping.

When we are forced to go without electricity, such as when camping or if the power goes out, we sleep deeper and arise more rested. It is important to realize that light sources at night interrupt the circadian clock and melatonin levels, both responsible for how deeply we sleep and well rested we feel the next day.

Aside from electronic screens, LEDs and fluorescent lights are particularly troublesome because of the isolated blue light peaks that are not balanced by red and near infrared.

Importantly, LEDs may promote age-related macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of blindness.

Incandescent lights, on the other hand, emit red and near infrared wavelengths and very little in the blue wavelengths, making them a far healthier type of lighting.

However, we must also be wary of light intensity, so if you have too bright of an incandescent light, that can cause problems. The lower the light the better after Sunset, candlelight being the ideal.

Remember it is important to expose yourself to bright Sunlight in the morning and/or around solar Noon to “set” your master clock, and to avoid blue light exposure after Sunset for the same reason.

We also need to be mindful of avoiding light penetration while sleeping. Research reveals even dim light exposure during sleep can affect your cognition the next day, so ideally, use blackout shades or an eye mask……

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