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Unplug! Too Much Light at Night May Lead to Depression

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  • A study done with hamsters at Ohio State University Medical Center has found that chronic exposure to dim light at night can cause signs of depression after just a few weeks
  • Exposure to light at night (even dim light) can suppress your body’s melatonin production, and there are many studies that suggest melatonin levels (and by proxy light exposures) control mood-related symptoms, such as those associated with depression
  • Nighttime light exposure is also linked to health conditions such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, and reproductive problems
  • You may be able to undo some of the damage caused by nighttime light exposure by turning off your television, computer and smartphone earlier, and making sure your bedroom is free from all sources of light pollution

By Dr. Mercola

When you climb into bed for the night, is your bedroom "littered" with dim light from streetlights, passing traffic, a computer, night-light or television set?

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