According to a study by the Journal of Pineal Research, sleeping in a room that is insufficiently dark with televisions, computers or iPads can prevent the metabolism to work at its best during sleep. These scientists believe this fact is what is causing the obesity epidemic to grow. Pitch black sleeping conditions work best for a healthy level of hormones and helping nutrients to turn to energy.
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The light that is emitted from these device screens or even street light passing through blinds work by disturbing melatonin production in the body, which leads to a reduced efficiency regarding how the body itself processes food. For the metabolism to work its best, rooms must remain dark enough throughout the entire sleep cycle.
University of Granada researchers uses melatonin injections to help fight both obesity and diabetes in rats. Their studies have discovered that melatonin helps to regular the metabolism in these creatures. These scientists believe that recreating similar levels of the hormone by sleeping in the dark will have a similar effect on humans.
“Melatonin is a natural present in plants, animals and humans. It works as a hormonal signal released during the night to establish circadian rhythms,” Professor Ahmad Agil said. “Currently this process is frequently interrupted as a result of excessive exposure to artificial lighting during the night.” Ultimately, this process is interrupted frequently because of excessive exposure to artificial light during nighttime hours.
Many people sleep with their lamps on or even their blinds open. However, it is advisable to make the room one sleeps in as dark as possible to avoid the interference of melatonin in the body. To sleep so that the body works its best, keep evening light and the use of the computer to a minimum before bed each night.