With more and more research done every year on how artificial light can cause problems, it’s wise to take a look at your own home and whether or not you are doing everything you can to promote healthy, natural rhythms.
According to Charles Czeisler, professor of sleep medicine at Harvard Medical School, “…. light affects our circadian rhythms more powerfully than any drug.”
Even small amounts of light when our bodies are trying to shut down can be a serious problem – especially when you realize that the average American gets six hours or less of sleep per night instead of the recommended eight hours.
Heavy curtains can block the neighbor’s annoying motion activated spotlight, and closing the bedroom door can eliminate light from the hall bathroom left on for a toddler awakened in the dead of night. However, culprits that can be overlooked are everywhere, from your glowing alarm clock digits to the piercing amber or red “standby” lights on your television or DVR.
A TV lift cabinet set into the footboard or a dresser in your bedroom can lower the offending equipment out of sight during the night hours, preventing you from being disturbed by the glare. Ask one of our associates how you can make your sleeping space more comfortable!