If you sleep with the light on, new research may keep you up at night. Several studies suggest that keeping the lights on at night may increase your risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Light helps the body’s internal clock govern a host of biological functions from temperature to the release of hormones and is synchronized to the external cycle of day and night.
Researchers from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine found that people exposed to artificial light at night have worse glucose and cardiovascular regulation than those who sleep in the dark, something they suggest relates to the body being kept alert. Even a modest amount of light increases activation of the autonomic nervous system, which increases the heart rate and decreases insulin sensitivity.
Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Northwestern researchers studied the heart rates and glucose tolerance of 20 people over the course of two nights. Ten of the participants spent both nights sleeping in dim light, while the other ten spent one night in a dimly lit room and the next night in a room with overhead lighting at around 100 lux, which is roughly equivalent to the amount of light on a cloudy day.
The results suggest that the group that spent a night with the lights on had higher insulin resistance in the morning, higher heart rates, and lower heart-rate variability.
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