With the increase in artificial light effectively making our night sky brighter, environmental brightness in our modern world is wreaking havoc on our ability to sync our circadian rhythms to natural light cycles.
Urban illumination as a result of streetlights, office buildings, billboards, cars, TVs, phones, computers is causing light pollution on a global scale. In fact, if you happen to find yourself onboard the International Space Station you’ll see the lights of the Vegas strip!
Given humans don’t see all that well in the dark. We’re sorry to tell you that those extra childhood carrots won’t change a thing! So naturally we light up dark places… because if pop culture has taught us anything it’s to be afraid of the dark!
The UN tells us that more than half the world’s population (55%) lives in cities and with even more of these big cities functioning 24/7, the urban illumination is constant. That’s a whole lot of people affected by light pollution.
With this in mind scientists and researchers are beginning to look at the effects this is having on our eyes – one study (Park, C. Y. “Night Pollution and Ocular Fatigue”, 2017) suggests technology’s ever-looming presence in our lives is something of a worldwide health issue and it’s drastically affecting our sleep!
When it comes down to it we have to consider the ways that these artificial light sources are affecting us all and essentially is there anything we do about it.
So what can we do about light pollution?
Set yourself up for the ideal sleep space. Think cool, quiet, and dark so if you can:
- Wear your Lucid Sleep frames at a minimum 30 minutes before your intended sleep time.
- Invest in block out blinds/curtains or an eye mask also consider ear plugs if you live in a particularly noisy area
- Keep the temperature cool through use of ceiling or oscillating fan or air conditioning which will also act as white noise (do blog on this)
- Reduce stress and limit use of devices in your sleep space and where possible turn them off or on silent so as not to interrupt sleep
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