On our page, we share a lot of healthy sleeping habits with you, such as what bedroom colors promote sleep, what kind of investments are necessary to create the ultimate sleep haven, which type of mattress is ideal to fight sleep deprivation, what kind of bed gives the ideal support to the sleeper etc.
In today’s post, we are going to talk about one such sleep tip to fight sleep deprivation. It is the impact of light on sleep. Before we get into whether or not there are any benefits of sleeping with lights on or if it can cause chronic illness due to sleep deprivation, let us try to understand how light can affect your sleep.
Impact of light on sleep
People are aware of how blue light from devices affects their sleep. However, they fail to realize how this extends to the lighting of their rooms. Having extremely bright lights in your bedroom affects your sleep in the same way that the blue light from devices does. Our brain, actually a part of the hypothalamus, is responsible for releasing a hormone called melatonin which causes us to feel sleepy. When the sun sets, this part of the brain is triggered to release melatonin and so we start getting drowsy as night falls. However, in the presence of bright lights, the brain is tricked into thinking that it is still daytime. It assumes that its responsibility is to keep you alert and awake. As a result, an inadequate amount of melatonin is secreted because of which you tend to stay awake for longer. To ensure you sleep earlier than usual and therefore get the necessary eight hours of sleep, sleep experts suggest that you stay away from all such blue light-emitting devices for at least an hour before bed, thus giving the brain the time to trigger the release of melatonin, ensuring you fall asleep on time. This logic is not limited to devices alone. Even bright lights in the bedroom have the same effect on sleep. The light from tube lights, for example, will prevent you from falling asleep early, because of which you will be sleep-deprived.
Investing in ambient lighting
A better way to go about lighting in the bedroom is to invest in ambient lighting. Consider ceiling fixtures, such as mini chandeliers, or pendant lights, that build a meditative relaxing mood in the bedroom. Floor lamps that guide you through the bedroom is another way of ensuring that the bedroom has adequate light that helps you find your way through the bedroom while making sure that your sleep is not hampered in any which way. If you have bright, focused lighting in the bedroom, ensure that it is switched off when the time is closer to when you go to bed, thus giving your brain the necessary hours to help you fall asleep.
Adding dimmers to your bedroom light switches is another way of ensuring that you can control the intensity of the light. This idea saves you from the trouble and cost of investing in two types of lighting for your bedroom, that is focussed lighting and ambient lighting.
Choosing the right shade of light is also crucial since colors play a significant role in helping with sleep or causing disturbance in sleep. Light shades are obviously better as they create an environment that encourages relaxation and calm. Also, investing heavy lamp shades may be a good way to give that necessary ambiance to your bedroom. .
What kind of lighting do you have in your bedroom? Do you think it helps you with your sleep? Or does it cause sleep deprivation and other chronic illnesses? Let us know what you think in the comments.