dearJulius.com

The Serious Reason You Need to Sleep in the Dark

If you tend to spend half of the night in the living room, drifting in and out of sleep in front of the TV, you really need to read this.

If you tend to spend half of the night in the living room, drifting in and out of sleep in front of the TV, you really need to read this.


By Lauren Cahn, Reader's Digest

Strangely, scientists still haven’t figured out why sleep is so crucial for our survival. But they do know that not getting enough wrecks our health. Now, a new study out of Northwestern University reveals that having a light on while sleeping can raise your risk of diabetes.
[post_ads_2]
For the study—published in the journal, Sleep—researchers recruited 20 healthy adult volunteers (ages 18 to 40). The volunteers spent two nights and three days at the lab: The first night, they slept in pitch black darkness; the second night, half of them slept in the dark again while the other half slept in a room with a bright overhead light on. While the volunteers slept, the researchers tracked the volunteers’ vital signs, brain wave activity, and leg and eye movements; they also took hourly blood samples to measure melatonin—a vital hormone that helps control your internal clock (circadian rhythm) and typically rises during sleep. In the morning, the researchers conducted glucose tolerance tests on the volunteers.

Remarkably, just sleeping under a bright light drove up insulin resistance—a risk factor for diabetes. When insulin can’t do its job, the body struggles to process sugar. “Our preliminary findings show that a single night of light exposure during sleep acutely impacts measures of insulin resistance,” said lead author Ivy Cheung Mason, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine (at the time of the study), in a press release.
[post_ads_2]
Previous research has linked poor sleep to a higher risk of depression, breast cancer, and prostate cancer. Now we can add metabolic diseases such as diabetes to the list: “Sleep disturbances affect more than 25 percent of the general population and up to 50 percent of older adults… Improving sleep in adults at risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes represents a much needed and novel approach to the prevention and treatment of epidemics of type 2 diabetes and obesity, as well as improve the quality of life of those suffering from sleep disturbances.”

Although this is preliminary research, it does support the idea that you should avoid falling asleep on the couch and spending part—or most—of the night with the lights on and the TV blaring.

See more at: Reader's Digest

COMMENTS



|Featured Content_$type=three$c=3$l=0$m=0$s=hide$rm=0


Made with in NYC
Name

Acne,1,Advice,42,AIDS,1,Alcohol,5,Allergy,5,Alternative Treatments,1,Animal Health,1,Asthma,3,Autism,1,Back Pain,27,Birth Control,1,Cancer,74,Children's Health,19,Clinical Practice,1,Coronavirus,8,Dandruff,1,Dental Health,26,Dentistry,1,Depression,23,Diabetes,25,Diet,132,Disease,114,Drink,26,Drugs,3,Ears,3,Exercises,49,Eye Health,29,Fat Loss,76,Featured,91,Features,162,Fitness,620,Fitness & Exercise,218,Flue,1,Food,79,Fruits,4,General,7,Get Healthy,68,Halloween,2,Headache,23,heal,1,Health,283,Health & Fitness,300,Health Care,531,Health Insurance,1,Healthcare Tech,6,Healthy,12,Healthy Eating,190,Healthy Habits,196,Healthy Living,143,Hearing,6,HIV/AIDS,4,Legs,1,Life,1,LifeStyle,3,Massage,5,Meditation,30,Men & Women,18,Men's Health,12,Mental Health,314,Multiple Sclerosis,1,Muscle Gain,2,Nutrition,461,Oral,4,Pain,23,Pregnancy,71,Psychology,1,Recipes,52,Safety,5,Self-care,15,Sex,7,Sexual Health,19,Shaving,1,Skin Care,34,Sleep,64,Smile,1,Snacks,1,Special,6,Special Feature,111,Stress Relief,35,Stroke,2,Teeth,5,Therapy,3,Tips,108,True Health,5,Vegetables,3,Weight Gain,23,Weight Loss,506,Wellness,81,Women's Health,172,Workouts,84,Yoga,61,
ltr
item
Health Magazine: The Serious Reason You Need to Sleep in the Dark
The Serious Reason You Need to Sleep in the Dark
If you tend to spend half of the night in the living room, drifting in and out of sleep in front of the TV, you really need to read this.
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AyulkiwRhsM/WyEmD4qF-tI/AAAAAAAAJws/cFDbN8wkWywM0fz9L4WiKZNEJtdy2ZUzQCLcBGAs/s1600/dear-julius-dot-com.jpg
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AyulkiwRhsM/WyEmD4qF-tI/AAAAAAAAJws/cFDbN8wkWywM0fz9L4WiKZNEJtdy2ZUzQCLcBGAs/s72-c/dear-julius-dot-com.jpg
Health Magazine
https://health.dearjulius.com/2018/06/the-serious-reason-you-need-to-sleep-in.html
https://health.dearjulius.com/
https://health.dearjulius.com/
https://health.dearjulius.com/2018/06/the-serious-reason-you-need-to-sleep-in.html
true
3134246339347060015
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Read More Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share to a social network STEP 2: Click the link on your social network Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy Table of Content