According to The Daily Mail, scientists recommend taking all electronic gadgets out of your bedroom in order to reduce your chances from serious diseases like cancer.
In addition, doing away with all sources of artificial light during sleep can considerably decrease the damaging effects it has upon our biorhythm. Scientists link these to serious diseases including cancer, diabetes, depression and obesity.
In the words of Richard Stevens, a breast cancer researcher, people must start appreciating the dark because it helps the brain to prepare for sleep, something that the light has a counter-effect on.
Stevens further explains that being in the dark at night is as important to health as dreams are. But, while the significance of dreams is widely accepted, the importance of the dark is still undervalued.
According to him, the proper function of the human biorhythm is closely related to the sunlight due to the fact that it influences the secretion of hormones, function of genes, body temperature and metabolism. On the other hand, artificial lights can lead to a complete disorder.
Stevens highly recommends removing all sources of light that keep you awake from your bedroom. In case you do have to get up during the night, use dark red lights as these are less intense.
Furthermore, Stevens warns of the damage caused by artificial street and house lights in his paper published in the Philosophical Transactions B Journal.
In his view, intense night lights should be given the same consideration as climate changes. He further adds that artificial lights can negatively affect children, including unborn babies. According to scientists, these lights can inhibit the secretion of melatonin, a hormone that is extremely important for fighting breast tumor.
Researches suggest that women working night shifts are at a higher risk of breast cancer. In men, night shifts are a risk factor for development of prostate or bowel cancer.
Other studies link artificial night lights to diabetes, depression and obesity.
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