Rage Against the Dying of the Light!

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Artificial light nowadays is something that people don’t talk about. We take it for granted. Although it takes a considerable part of our lives.

Artificial light, lightning bulbs come at the same time. The link between electricity and light is a significant remark for our time. Tomas Edison made that possible.

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And since then we are developing completely different lifestyles around the simple option to stay awake a little bit.

The Effect

Staining awake late at night changes our biological clock. It turns us against nature. It makes us close the window curtains and sleep until 9-10 on the weekends, even later.

Why not?

It’s so good to chill in bed early in the morning. Well, there is nothing wrong with that, not at all. While the sun makes us happier and lifts our wellbeing, artificial light does the opposite. It is not a big secret.

But what is essential to keep in mind is that it also influence our hormones.

The sun and lamps emit visible light and invisible radiations, such as ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR). Which radiations determine its effect on our cells and hormones. Exposing yourself longer to artificial illumination cause your body to produce less melatonin. Hence that is disturbing your sleep. It tends to prevent you from falling asleep. Also reducing sleep quality.

If you tend to wake up groggy that may be one of the reasons. Artificial light is responsible for some types of cancer and cardiovascular in the result of “overexposing”. And that may be avoided by going to bet earlier. Or reducing illumination as much as possible with the progression of the night.

The Science

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I haven’t studied that at school, but the internet is quite useful nowadays. Also the fact that I bring my mind into analyzing my preconditions before sleeping. And during the day.

It is all about the dynamics between the two hormones.  Melatonin and Cortisol.

When you feel sleepy your melatonin levels are spiked. While your cortisol levels are decreasing.

And the vice versa. With that knowledge, you can try to exclude artificial light in the evening and also add some blue light filters on your laptop/cell phone.

This will help you drastically improve sleep hygiene. As well as, if you eliminate the use of technology 1-hour before sleep and post waking up.

Good Night

In case you sometimes have a hard time falling asleep try this. A simple recipe for increasing quality of sleep is :

 A cup of hot water, mixed with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon of honey

As weird as it might sound it is quite tasty. The honey helps vinegar almost taste like apple cider. Tim Ferris mentioned that at in his book “Tools of Titans”.

It works wonders, I was amazed by its effect. It makes your body and mind to recharge through the night. The reception is accommodating if you are missing some hours of sleep, or if you had a hard day.

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