Sleeping With Lights Increases Risks Of Breast Cancer
I found some shocking information the other day and I felt as though I had to spread the word. Sorry if I have cause you to panic but this is true and needs to be acted upon. Some of you may be thinking that this is a load of rubbish or it is confusing you. If so perhaps a bit of information can make this all clearer.
When asleep, the body produces a hormone called 'melatonin' which works as an antioxidant which can fight of diseases such as cancer. However it is only produced when the person is sleeping in the dark.
Over many thousands of years the bodies of humans have evolved and adapted to an environment without artificial light. Our eyes and even skin can detect whether it is day or night time by sensing light. In the daytime, light was created by the sun and in the night time there was no light. Only a dim orange light from fire, which in fact would not effect melatonin levels.
However, with the invention of artificial light, our bodies have become confused. It is light in the day because of sun and at night time there is still light! While the brain is expecting a decrease in the amount of light there is none because of light bulbs and other light sources such as Televisions.
Thus, when the artificial lights stay on at night the melatonin levels plummet as it is not produced therefore this hormone and antioxidant is not there to fight against cancer and help the immune system.
Scientific research has shown that when melatonin is produced in a body that has cancer, the production of cancerous cells slow down and even stop however sleeping in light rooms mean that the hormone is now produced, therefore the cancerous cells continue to grow non stop.
There is also a direct positive correlation between the number of breast cancer cases and areas with a lot of artificial lights. In other words, better off, first world countries and cities that never sleep are always full of light have more cases of breast cancer than a third world country would.
Although it is not all light that stops the production of melatonin. Blue light which has a wave length of around 460 to 480nm. But red lights and other colours with wave lengths of more than 530 nm will not stop production of the hormone.
So, what can you do to stop light from suppressing the melatonin production in your body?
You should get at least 9 hours of sleep a night in a dark room. You can make your room dark by closing the curtains, turning off all lights, getting rid of LED clocks and other LED sources.
If you live in an industrial estate where lights are on outside 24 hours a day and is emerging in your bedroom then cover up the window with extra thick curtains and blinds.
Do not sleep with the light or Television on.
Be careful! If you were to sleep in a dark room for a few hours and then wake up in the night then the melatonin levels would drop immediately!
Melatonin supplements are not the answer, unless prescribed by a doctor it can have some consequent effects on your body.
There are such products as goggles and glasses that block out blue light. Perhaps where a pair a couple of hours before bed, this can kick start melatonin production and can help you sleep.
If you must get up at night to turn a light on, use a red bulb instead of a white one, buy one if you can if you are likely to get up in the night a lot or regularly.
I realise that perhaps you may not be able to find a place to buy red light bulbs and special goggles but please try and put the other tips into action as often and as best if you can, especially if you have been told that you are likely to get breast cancer.