Having Trouble Sleeping? Turn On The Red Light
Sleep. everyone is touting that you need so many hours and it is ideal to have most of that be R.E.M. sleep. But what about those of us that struggle to get enough sleep...or enough being calm enough to actually fall asleep. I know personally juggling many things often puts me at a bedtime still wound up and not able to decompress before going to bed and beginning the process all over again.
Luckily I happened to find an article on "Red Light Therapy". According to DegreeWellness To help quiet the mind and doze off, some people are turning on red lights at night as a helpful aid that could make snooze time longer.
But what is red light exactly, and can it really make it easier to fall asleep at night? Great question...that is what I was wondering too. Red light therapy is composed of light with a long wavelength as opposed to Blue light, the type that comes from electronic devices, has shorter wavelengths. Many have cited Blue light as a culprit that is keeping us awake at night. Hence those warnings that recommend turning off your devices well before bedtime.
But according to the study, red light may have the opposite effect and aid in creating drowsiness. A simple 30 minutes of red-light exposure improved sleep and melatonin levels. Some other research suggests that red light therapy at night may also help you wake up more alert and ready for the day.
Time to go buy some red lights! Plus the room effect is really cool, even the dogs dig it!