Avoid bright lights before bed for better sleep and health. 

Avoiding bright lights before sleep is essential for promoting better sleep quality and overall well-being. Here's why: 

Regulation of Circadian Rhythm: Exposure to bright light, especially blue light emitted by electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, computers, and televisions, can disrupt the body's natural sleep-wake cycle, also known as the circadian rhythm.  

Bright light exposure in the evening can suppress the production of melatonin, the hormone responsible for regulating sleep-wake cycles, making it harder to fall asleep and negatively impacting sleep quality. 

Delayed Onset of Sleep: Exposure to bright lights before bedtime can delay the onset of sleep by signaling to the brain that it's still daytime, thereby reducing feelings of sleepiness and prolonging the time it takes to fall asleep. 

Disruption of Melatonin Production: Melatonin production is inhibited by exposure to bright light, particularly blue light, in the evening. Melatonin is essential for promoting relaxation and initiating the sleep process.  

Suppressing melatonin production due to exposure to bright lights before bedtime can disrupt the body's natural sleep-wake cycle and interfere with the ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. 

Poorer Sleep Quality: Bright light exposure before sleep can lead to poorer sleep quality, including decreased total sleep time, reduced sleep efficiency, increased awakenings during the night, and less restorative deep sleep.  

Poor sleep quality is associated with various health problems, including fatigue, impaired cognitive function, mood disturbances, and an increased risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. 

– Limit exposure to bright lights, especially blue light emitted by electronic devices, at least one to two hours before bedtime.– Use dimmer, warm-colored lighting in the evening to signal to your body that it's time to wind down and prepare for sleep.

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