Insomnia: Why the problem may be lack of darkness

There are a huge array of potential reasons for insomnia, although if you break them down into related groups, searching for an answer to healthy sleep isn’t so difficult. Stress, stimulation from food, drink or activities, and discomfort or illness, and whether you have a healthy biological-clock may be the main culprits for a lack of sleep. Nonetheless, when people with insomnia consider their body clock, they rarely take the influence of too much bright lighting on their health into account.

Studies reveal that it might not be the length of sleep as much as the length of darkness people encounter that makes a difference to their quality of slumber and several important health issues. In the past, experts had the idea that those suffering from insomnia and the ill-effects of not sleeping well were influenced negatively by modern life. They were right, but staying up late and waking in the night might not be as much of a problem as was imagined. It’s the lack of darkness that provides the greatest challenge to the mix.

The level of sleep wellness of people in non-industrialized places was compared to those who live with regular modern lighting. Surprisingly, it was discovered that both groups had a similar amount of sleep. Yet, people exposed to lighting reported unsatisfactory sleep and many of the ailments that go with insomnia. Those in non-industrialized areas often experienced an hour or two in the night when they didn’t sleep, but were unaffected. Researchers concluded that being exposed to bright lights rather than not sleeping enough made all the difference.

The key to the dissimilarity in wellness stems from melatonin production, as melatonin is essential for a balanced body-clock, and thus healthy sleep. Additionally, melatonin helps the body manage inflammation, and inflammation is at the root of many severe illnesses. Some cancers and cases of depression may be put down to the influence of inflammation, and increasing melatonin has been shown to bring beneficial results.

Naturally, only a medical professional can provide qualified health information about the subject, but there are a few sensible precautions against the pitfalls of a lack of melatonin you can carry out. You can adopt helpful lifestyle changes to gain benefits. Not watching television late at night or keeping bright lights on may be useful. Simply dimming the lights may not be sufficient, but using red, orange or yellow bulbs as night falls when you are still up and about is valuable, as are salt lamps.

The glow of candles, and flames from a log or coal fire shouldn’t disturb your natural rhythm and melatonin production, but the glare from a computer screen might, unless you use an application such as f.lux, which blocks out the blue light associated with body-clock problems. You can also buy amber colored glasses to use when reading from an eBook reader to bring about the same results. Avoiding bright lights is a good idea, which means not switching on regular room lights if you get up to visit the bathroom or fetch a glass of water in the night. You can also do your best to encounter sunshine, or at least natural daylight, soon after waking in the morning to keep your body-clock running smoothly.


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Bridget Webber’s background rests in mental health, counselling, hypnotherapy, NLP and art. She brings knowledge from her experiences into her writing and specializes in emotional wellness and the creation of, rather than search for, joy. You can catch up with her insights and musings on Twitter.

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