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Depression And Other Side-Effects Of Sleeping With Light On – Lifestyle Nigeria

Sleeping with the light on is a bad habit that you should break sooner rather than later as it has been proven to deepen depression among some other consequences.

Here are five reasons why you shouldn’t sleep with the lights on.

It increases blood pressure


Since melatonin also regulates your blood pressure, the decrease in melatonin caused by unnecessary exposure to light during sleep time can raise your blood pressure. 

Research has determined that people who were exposed to excessive amounts of light at night had significantly higher blood pressure than people who slept in the dark.

Triggers migraine

Electronics such as smartphones, laptops, tablets, and televisions emit blue light that can trigger migraines.

Blue light causes oxidative stress, which in simple terms means your body’s ability to flush out toxins is severely hampered. This leads to migraines, eye strain, and in worst case scenarios, even blindness.

Increases chance of Insomnia

Sleeping with light on can cause sleep disorder, (insomnia) . When your body has low melatonin, your sleep quality suffers. You don’t feel well-rested because you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night, not just once but numerous times.

The lack of rest causes you to get migraines as soon as you wake up in the morning. Sooner or later, a pattern like this will develop into insomnia.

Can lead to depression

Several studies have proven the direct correlation between insomnia and depression, and the worst part is that it’s often a vicious cycle.

When you haven’t had a good sleep for quite a while, it’s not only your physical state that suffers, but your mental state as well.

Causes hormonal imbalance

Research has shown that sleeping with the light on disrupts the body’s melatonin production Melatonin is important because it regulates as well as synchronizes your body’s circadian rhythm, which is more commonly known as your normal sleep-wake cycle.

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