Occasionally, a story appears that is surprising in it’s findings. Usually when that happens, it is about a specific food source or a specific disease like cancer. However, it turns out that something other than a food source or toxin is very likely impacting your sleep patterns and the quality of the sleep that you are getting. What is this odd something?
The color of light which you are exposed to at night. Dr. Mercola writes,
“Prior to light bulbs, people slept an average of 10 hours a night. Nowadays, the average American gets less than seven hours of shut-eye. Why is that? As noted by Authority Nutrition:
‘It turns out that perhaps the single biggest contributor to our collective sleep problems is the use of artificial lighting and electronics at night. These devices emit light of a blue wavelength, which tricks our brains into thinking that it is daytime.’
“A related part of this problem is the fact that most people work indoors and fail to get sufficient exposure to full, bright, and natural sunlight during the day. This disconnect from the natural cycles of day and night can turn into a chronic problem where you’re constantly struggling to fall asleep and stay asleep.”
However, you may be asking how this situation can be solved due to the amount of time spent indoors both at home and at work by most people these days? Fortunately, the solution is not as difficult as it may, at first, seem.
Dr. Mercola advises two steps to prevent the “blue light sleep problem:”
- Make sure that you get sunlight during the day. Dr. Mercola recommends 10-15 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes around noon (think lunch time for most people).
- Minimize exposure to blue light at night. Basically, Dr. Mercola’s recommendation comes down to go to bed earlier because the blue light at night starts to interfere with your sleep patterns starting around 9:00 or 10:00 p.m.
- Sleep in darkness.
With these three steps, you may be able to completely eliminate your sleep deprivation problem and finally get the good night’s sleep that your body has been craving and the emotional, mental, and physical benefits that come with it.