Light Exposure Before Bed May be Making You Sick

Battle Creek Mattress Store
3/22/2017

It’s hard to imagine, but there was a time before electric light was readily available 24 hours a day. It’s no secret that this addition of light has had positive and profound impact s on our daily lives – culturally, economically, and technologically. However, there may be a downside to copious amounts of artificial light at night that our ancestors did not experience. Scientists have only just become uncovering the ways that light exposure at night effects human health, but do know if interferes with the length and quality of sleep people get by suppressing melatonin. Sleep deficiency is well known to increase the risk of several chronic and serious diseases, including diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and even breast cancer.

Most importantly, our natural circadian rhythms – often referred to s our biological clock – not only control our sleep cycles, but also work to regulate almost all of our body and mind’s systems, including metabolism and immune function or mood and mental health. Overexposure to light at nighttime can throw our circadian rhythms way out of whack.

Perhaps the most harmful type of artificial light is blue wavelength which is a short wavelength light that is prevalent in led light bulbs and TVS, phones, monitors, and other electronic devices. Researchers have actually discovered that this type of light blocks melatonin production at nearly twice the rate of different types of light while also shifting the circadian rhythm by twice as much.

At Mattress Mart, we’re a family-owned business that has been serving the Kalamazoo, Portage, and Battle Creek areas for over 25 years. In that time we have met a lot of people whose lack of sleep has truly affected their health. While there are many factors that could be contributing to your lack of sleep, a new mattress may be the answer. If you haven’t shopped for mattresses in Battle Creek within the last three years, stop in and see us today! 

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