How Natural Light and Artificial Light Affects Your Sleep

Ever feel like you simply can’t get a good night’s sleep? There are plenty of reasons why you might not be able to get comfortable, but you may have forgotten about the importance of the environmental factors in your bedroom. In fact, many people don’t realize that the visual factors in their bedroom, such as the amount of light and the type of light, play a major role in helping (or hurting) sleep quality.

Here are just a few ways that the light in your bedroom affects your ability to fall asleep, to stay asleep, and your overall comfort while sleeping.

  • If you’re very adamant about maintaining a strict sleep schedule, you may have already found out that your body’s sleep and wake schedules adjust naturally to the sunlight. When the sun begins to go down and your body doesn’t see as much sunlight, it begins releasing a chemical called melatonin and this actually makes you sleepy.

 

  • If you’re having trouble falling asleep at night, make sure that you aren’t stimulating your brain by keeping too many lights on; even though most artificial light doesn’t have the same effect as natural sunlight, it can still keep your body awake. It’s often recommended to start dimming the lights in your room about an hour before you go to bed, so that your body begins relaxing and getting ready for sleep.

 

  • Last but not least, try to limit your use of electronics before bed. According to theNational Sleep Foundation, it’s estimated that around 95% of adults use their phone, tablet, or computer right before going to bed. This can disrupt your sleep schedule because the light given off by the device is a very specific type of light that seems to disrupt the circadian rhythm.

It is very important to give your body the rest it needs, which is probably between seven and nine hours of sleep per night. Nevertheless, many Americans say they aren’t getting enough sleep each night.

Of course, there are other factors that affect your sleep as well, and it’s important to address all of these issues. Adjustable beds and adjustable mattresses may help you get a better night’s rest. Find out more about why a Craftmatic® is an amazing sleep system.
Craftmatic® Adjustable Beds equipped with optional heat and massage, may provide temporary relief of low back pain, minor aches and pains due to muscular fatigue or overexertion, edema or swelling of the legs, poor local blood circulation of the legs, symptoms of hiatus hernia, symptoms of gastric reflux, nighttime heartburn. The optional heating accessory provides temporary relief from mild arthritis and joint pain, as well as muscle pain associated with stress and tension. Sleeping in an upright position may reduce or ease light and occasional snoring.

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