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Research Proves You May Need More Light – Not Less – To Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Pretty much everything you’ve heard about darkness and sleep is true. Yet the latest research shows most people don’t get enough light to sleep well.
If that sounds confusing, don’t worry. Let’s unravel the complex relationship between light and sleep…
- How you need darkness to get your best sleep
- How light and dark affect your body clock
- And how getting too little bright light may be reason you’re not sleeping well
Plus, a unique combination of nutrients may be the answer to getting your best night’s sleep ever. And not for just one night… but for years and years to come.
Darkness, Light, and Lying Awake Half the Night
In past articles, we’ve covered how blue light is your enemy at night…
- Using TVs, computers, and other electronic devices at night slows the release of melatonin, your body’s key sleep hormone.
- Light “leaking” from outside – such as streetlights – can keep you from sleeping well.
- Even a digital alarm clock – if it emits blue light – can rob you of sleep.
These are compelling reasons to take DeltaSom, our best-selling sleep formula.
DeltaSom provides the melatonin bright nighttime light may be “stealing” from you – along with more than 20 other herbs and nutrients combined to help you relax, drift off, and sleep peacefully through the night.
A simple trick could make DeltaSom even more effective. The secret? Getting more bright blue light.
If that sounds crazy, hang on. Because it will all make sense in a few moments. And once you understand this simple secret, you could easily enjoy the best sleep of your adult life.
The Mainstream Is Stuck on Half of Your Body Clock
Earth runs on a 24-hour cycle. That’s how long it takes our planet to complete one rotation. Since this is the Earth’s rhythm, it’s become ours, too. Your body runs best on a 24-hour cycle.
As darkness approaches, your body begins to lower levels of cortisol – your “awake” hormone. At the same time, it boosts levels of melatonin – your “sleep” hormone.
But what if darkness doesn’t approach? What if you switch on a bunch of bright lights as evening arrives, and keep your world bright for an extra 3, 4 – or even more – hours?
Then, when you finally decide to go to bed and turn out the lights… your body starts the changeover from cortisol to melatonin. If you’ve delayed that natural signal by 3 or 4 hours… Well, don’t expect to fall asleep quickly.
This is where the mainstream focuses all their attention. And the usual advice can be helpful…
- Avoid bright light, TV, computer screens for a couple of hours before you go to bed.
- Keep your bedroom as dark as possible. If there’s a streetlight outside, use room-darkening shades.
- If you have a digital clock in the bedroom, don’t get one with blue numbers. Even that small amount of blue light can disturb your sleep.
But all of this only addresses half the equation. According to recent studies, you need to look at the other end of your day, too. Because our modern life has created a second sleep problem.
The Missing Factor in Your Sleep Plan
Many people – especially older adults – sleep poorly because their bodies don’t make enough melatonin
For others, stress is an issue. Their minds race at night… worries keep them awake… all the melatonin in the world won’t quiet their minds.
For these folks, lemon balm can help. It boosts levels of GABA – your brain’s main calming neurotransmitter. It’s like pouring water on a brush fire.
Valerian, hops, and other calming herbs can help, too. And passionflower extract can help melt away worry, so you can drift off into sweet, refreshing sleep.
But for a surprising number of people – perhaps for you – there’s another problem. You may avoid late-night TV, keep your bedroom pitch black, and feel fairly calm… but you still can’t sleep.
You may be one of the countless thousands who don’t get enough daytime light. You see, darkness is only half the cycle.
For most of human history, your ancestors spent their days outside. Today, we mostly work indoors, where the light is too dim or the wrong color to keep your body clock in synch.
This is the missing factor in so many sleep plans. Because the mainstream is so focused on the sleep side, they overlook the waking side of the equation.
The Price of Poor Sleep
If you’re not sleeping well, you should be concerned about the effects. Poor sleep is linked to obesity, heart trouble, blood sugar problems, and much more.1
A scientific team – from Texas, Spain, and Germany – showed in 2014 that poor sleep is linked to blood sugar problems, heart trouble, cognition issues, and even premature aging.
They also showed blue light was behind many of the health problems they uncovered. How much you get – and when you get it can make all the difference.
Researchers led by the University of Texas also showed how light exposure can affect sleep – and your health.
Their 2015 study linked abnormal cell division in breast and prostate tissue to light exposure issues.
The researchers focused on exposure to artificial light. They discovered that abnormal cell division was linked to exposure to artificial light… while natural exposure lowered the risk of abnormal cell division.
The study also found that normal exposure to sunlight resulted in healthy levels of vitamin D… and less risk of sleep problems.2
Basically, the researchers said, we’ve made light exposure easier… but we haven’t made it better.
A 2014 study in The International Journal of Molecular Science linked heart trouble, obesity, memory problems, and premature aging to our body clocks. The authors also identified blue light as the culprit. Basically, we don’t get enough during the day, and too much at night.
And the problem’s getting worse, because energy-efficient lighting is adding even more blue light to our nights.3
There’s one other complication…
Your Eyes Affect Your Sleep
A 2008 study in The British Journal of Ophthalmology looked at your eyes and their role in overall health.
Your eyes contain nerve cells not involved in vision. These photoreceptive retinal ganglion cells – or pRGCs – are linked directly to your body’s master clock. And here’s the thing…
The study found a 10-year-old’s pRGCs pick up twice the light as those of a 45-year-old. And 10 times more than someone aged 95.4
So, as you get older, you may not get enough bright daylight, even if you make time to spend outdoors every day.
A 2010 study found cloudy, aging eyes interfere with pRGCs. Aging lenses block out a fair amount of light. And it’s enough to throw off your body clock.5
Fortunately, there’s a simple solution.
Clear Vision Could Help You Sleep Better
The ingredients in DeltaSom promote better sleep. It contains herbs and nutrients help you relax, to slow a racing mind, melatonin – to help make up for the shortage that comes with age. In all, 22 nutrients targeted at helping you get to sleep faster and stay asleep longer. One thing it can’t do, though, is defend your vision.
But the ingredients in Visanol can.
Visanol delivers antioxidant vitamins and minerals proven to defend your eyes’ delicate tissues… nutrients like quercetin and rutin to promote lens clarity… lutein and zeaxanthin to help block UV damage… plus a whole lot more.
And now we know better vision health may even help you get a better night’s sleep.
Best of all, you can try one, the other, or both with no risk. Because they both come with Best Life Herbals’ exclusive full-year satisfaction guarantee. It’s the best protection in the business.
Sleep Well… See Well… Save Well
DeltaSom is our most popular sleep formula ever. Thousands of people just like you use it daily to help them sleep through the night. And there’s nothing in Nature more rejuvenating than sleeping well.
Visanol is a best seller, too. For daily vision support, it’s as comprehensive as it gets. Now scientific research suggests it may also promote better sleep by helping more light reach your pRGCs.
It’s something of a marriage made in heaven. Two potent anti-aging formulas that complement one another well.
And two potent anti-aging formulas that offer up big savings. You can save up to 22% on DeltaSom… and up to a whopping 44% on Visanol. Plus, both are eligible for our FREE shipping offer. All with absolutely no risk.
Yours in continued good health,
The Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
The statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease.
1 Bonmati-Carrion, M.A., et al, “Protecting the Melatonin Rhythm through Circadian Healthy Light Exposure,” Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2014; 15(12): 23448-23500.
2 Smolensky, M.H., et al, “Nocturnal light pollution and underexposure to daytime sunlight: Complementary mechanisms of circadian disruption and related diseases,” Chronobiol Int. 2015; 32(8): 1029-1048.
3 Bonmati, M.A., et al, “Protecting the Melatonin Rhythm through Circadian Healthy Light Exposure,” Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2014; 15(12): 23448-23500.
4 Turner, P.L. and Mainster, M.A., “Circadian photoreception: ageing and the eye’s important role in systemic health,” British Journal of Opthalmology. 2008; 92(11).
5 Turner, P.L., et al, “The role of environmental light in sleep and health: Effects of ocular aging and cataract surgery,” Sleep Medicine Reviews. Aug 2010; 14(4): 269-280.
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