Light at night not only causes human health problems, but it also messes with the birds and the bees. Along with pretty much all the other critters… While you and I can put up some blackout shades or sleep with… Read More »The Birds and the Bees: Lighting Up the Night
I’ve written many times about the effects of looking at your phone, TV, computer, etc before bed. It turns out that the intensity of light may also affect circadian rhythm and cognitive function – separately from sleep. Here is a… Read More »Bright Light Before Bed Impairs Thinking the Next Day
Type 2 diabetes is an epidemic. It seems like everyone these days is diabetic or pre-diabetic (or I’ve even heard the term pre-pre-diabetic used). We all seem headed down that path… So what is going on? Everyone knows that sugar… Read More »Diabetes is caused by circadian rhythm disruption
I’ve written several times on the link between artificial light at night and breast cancer.
The neurotransmitter serotonin has been at the center of depression research for decades, and SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) are often the first drug to be tried for someone with depression. Antidepressants are one of the most prescribed medications in… Read More »Lighten your mood with more light (during the day)
It’s the weekend! Your kids don’t have to get up for school in the morning, so why not let them stay up for an extra hour or two watching a movie tonight? Perhaps it is family game night and that… Read More »Why does staying up late on the weekends lead to weight gain in kids?
A new study came out this week in the Journal of Pediatrics that investigated the relationship between teenager sleep patterns, insulin resistance, and being overweight. The study involved 31 overweight teens (average age of 16) and measured sleep patterns for… Read More »Teenage weight problems tied to circadian misalignment.
It has been known for a couple of decades that exposure to light at night increases the risk of breast cancer. This is mainly due to light at night decreasing melatonin production, since melatonin acts as an antioxidant and helps… Read More »Artificial Light at Night Causes Breast Cancer?
So you are thinking about getting some blue-blocking glasses to wear for a couple of hours before bedtime… Are they really worth it? Is this just some fad – some kind of woo-woo hippy-dippy crap? I think the evidence from… Read More »Research studies on blue blocking glasses.