CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS & SLEEP

CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS & SLEEP

July 24, 2017

All animals and plants have a built-in circadian rhythm, which is adjusted to the environment by external cues, the most important of which is daylight.

Some experts now believe that minimising light exposure at night is just as important to healthy weight and good energy levels as a balanced diet and regular exercise. Here are some useful tips for a better night's sleep.

  • Remove all unnecessary light from your bedroom.
  • Dim lights 2 hours prior to sleep and consider using candles.
  • Remove electromagnetic disturbances such as phones, laptops and TV’s (even on sleep mode these devices can hinder the production of melatonin and disturb your sleep).
  • If you absolutely can’t live without your phone and devices, consider using a free software program for PCs and laptops called f.lux which decreases the amount of blue light from screens.

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