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LED lights and their powerful effect on your Sleep…

28 February 2019 Categories: Better Sleep Tips Author: Matt Richmond

We all know the best source of light is natural sunlight. Not only does it give us the required Vitamin D that helps keep us healthy and regulate sleep, it also helps keep our muscle and bones strong through the proper absorption of vitamin D naturally. Unfortunately, and especially in sometimes cloudy B.C most of us spend very little time outdoors during the daytime, thereby missing this important health component.

Unknown to most Canadians, LED lights are have negative effects on the body. Here are the three dangers of LED lighting and bulbs.

  1. LED lighting bulbs can negatively impact your vision. LED bulbs have little infrared frequencies to balance their blue light frequencies. infrared helps priming your retinal cells for repair and regeneration. It is well known that blue light frequency can negatively impact your vision by damaging the cells in your eye’s, called retinal cells
  2. LED lighting can damage your mitochondrial cells which are generally responsible for energy production in your body. Because your body requires natural wavelength light, such as from sunlight or “light therapy” devices, LED lights can slow your energy production, decreasing overall energy and the efficacy of your body to perform it’s necessary functions
  3. LED light, including that from electronic screens, also suppresses melatonin production, thereby disrupting sleep. Melatonin is the natural chemical our body produces to get deep sleep. Light-sensitive cells in your eyes track blue light, which is given off in higher quantities in LED lights than regular lighting. So make sure to turn those screens off 4 hours before you plan to head off to Dream Land!

As spring comes to British Columbia, make it a goal to get out and enjoy the sunshine and turn those computer and phone screens off! If you want to learn more about getting your best Sleep Ever, stop into one of our friendly 12 Sleep Clinics located throughout BC!

About the author:

Michael Davis is Snore MD’s Director of Optimal Patient Care and community awareness. Driven by a passion for quality of everyday life, Michael became a Respiratory Therapist in 2009 with the goal of helping Canadians sleep better. With experience in critical care medicine, sleep medicine and pulmonary disorders, Michael leads a team of 15 skilled Sleep Clinicians and Respiratory Therapists to help thousands of British Columbians Sleep Better – Live Better.

Matt Richmond

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