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Sleep Tight: Your Health and Your Sleep

If you have ever suffered from lack of sleep, you know how vital getting your Zs can be. It can even affect your ability to lose weight. We know that the quality of your sleep is important to your health, but it looks like more than just having a bad mattress can put your health at risk during slumber.

Ambient light during nighttime sleeping could raise your risk for breast cancer. A new study supports the theory that too much light at night interferes with the production of melatonin and increases the risk of breast cancer. Melatonin is a hormone that helps to control the sleep wake cycle and the exact reason dips in this hormone affect cancer rates is still to be determined. Researchers said that nighttime light is not by any means the sole factor in developing breast cancers, but the breast cancer rate in areas with average night lighting was found to be 37 percent higher than in areas with the lowest amount of light.

To see how noise affects your shut-eye, just

It is not just high levels of light during sleep that can have a negative impact on your health, but noise as well. Noises, from airplanes to motorcycles to snoring, can create "patchy" sleep. While you might stay asleep during these and other noises, your body still experiences the sounds and your blood pressure rises in response. The louder the noise is the higher the rise in blood pressure, too. The researchers shared that it is not that the noise is annoying you (I must say when my husband's snoring wakes me I am annoyed) to raise your blood pressure, but that your body registers the noise as some form of stress.

Sounds like we should all move to the dark and quiet country.


aoitenshi aoitenshi 9 years
Oh no. I can't sleep with the lights off. I have this weird fear of the dark. :/
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I like no light and no sound when falling a sleep. But my bf needs to TV on. For anyone else that does or needs a light on, put on the sleep time, or use a timer on your lights too. That way you can fall asleep comfortably, but not get too much light or whatever.
kristennn kristennn 9 years
OK, this disturbs me because I usually sleep with a faint light on! (It helps me fall asleep faster, for some reason.) Guess that's got to stop...
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
I turn on the TV at night (it's in a different room) to help drown out backgfround noises that bother me. was there anything in the article that took things like that into account? I am going to have to check it sounds like i may need to turn off the TV and move since my bedroom window is on a busy street...
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 9 years
i can't wait to move out of my apt. and into a house (hopefully at some point in the next year). It's nearly impossible to block out noise when you have people living right on the other side of the wall!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I really really need to put my blinds up haha!
imLissy imLissy 9 years
Yeesh, no wonder I had such awful sleep at school. Bad mattresses, my roommate kept the light on, often all night, and don't even get me started on the noise X( And people are surprised when I tell them how much I disliked college... Sleeping was the best part!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Oh wow. I'm not surprised...
enSue enSue 9 years
I can totally relate to this study. My anxiety and depression exacerbate my insomnia. I'm also a very light sleeper that is easily effected by the squeaky floors in my house, snoring husband, and noisy/active roommates. My natural biorhythm is that of a night owl, so forcing myself to sleep during the night is typically unsuccessful. I do believe my poor sleep has effected by weight gain and hypertension, both of which I'm slowly getting back under control.
animatedpunk animatedpunk 9 years
i've been working the night shift at my company for the past few months..... and I can honestly feel the negative effects on my body. I'm exhausted all the time and have trouble getting a deep sleep. I can't wait to move back to the day shift in a month.....
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