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What Happens to our Body When we Look at our Cell Phone Before Going to Sleep?

You are aware that the use of screens before bedtime can disrupt your sleep; new studies suggest that the problem is more serious.

Let me start the article with some quotes:

 

“Sleep is the chain that ties health and our bodies together.”

 

-Griff Niblack

 

 

Many years ago when artificial light was unknown, when the people have the sun as the only light; when the fire from the candle was the only light in the dark nights; when people go to bed as the sun goes down.

 

Nowadays we take pride in having convenient technology that allows staying up so late. To be exact, in 1970 the amount of artificial light has tripled in the world.

 

However the many health issues like depression, insomnia or the use of prescription pills, anti-depressants and caffeine has increased.

According to some research and statistics 95% of the American people use different electronic devices before going to bed. Some of them watch TV; others work on computer or check the phone these things lead to sleep disruption and insomnia which lead to much bigger health problems.

 

The usage of phone or computer before bedtime is killing you!!!

 

One of the issues caused by artificial light is the suppressed production of melatonin. This hormone is secreted by the pineal gland which controls sleep and wake cycles. We need darkness in order to produce melatonin. This vital hormone maintains the circadian rhythm of our body. Our bodies function optimally when we are exposed to natural darkness on an internal 24-hour clock. A recent study found that people whose circadian 24-hour is interrupted by artificial light are more likely to get cancer.

 

Melatonin suppression has been linked to cancer, impaired immune systems, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity and heart disease. There actually evidence for these statements. Melatonin is powerful antioxidant so you need to make sure that you are producing enough.

 

What You Can Do

 

Here some ways to reduce your exposure to artificial lights:

 

Use dim red lights for night lights. Red light has the least power to disrupt circadian rhythm and suppress melatonin.

Spending a lot of time in the bright light during the day will help you sleep great at night.

 

If you must use your computer in the evening, download the free program f.lux. It adjusts the brightness and color temperature of your computer’s display according to the time of day.

 

Do not look at bright screens two to three hours before bed.

 

Purchase a pair of Uvex Skyper orange tint glasses. They are super cheap, around $10 on Amazon but they block the blue light emitted from all your electronics.

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