Sleep With The TV On? You’re Depressing Yourself

Researches have found that light from a TV or computer screen can disrupt sleep cycles and cause depression.

By Zack Zeigler

If you’re afraid of sleeping in the dark, now might be a good time to put on your big-boy jammies and get over it. According to researchers from Ohio State University, exposure to even dim light from things like a computer, TV, or nightlight while you sleep may cause depression.

Using hamsters as, um, guinea pigs, scientists found that just four weeks of exposure to artificial light while sleeping left the critters more lethargic and disinterested in drinking sugar water — that’s basically rodent crack — than hamsters who slept in complete darkness.

One reason for this may be because the artificial light messes with melatonin levels and natural circadian rhythms (our pre-programmed sleep/wake cycle). Interrupting that flow has been linked to obesity, diabetes, and reproductive issues (in other words, your boner might suffer).

Now for the good news. The hamsters’ depression quickly vanished once they started sleeping without any artificial light around them. That means you’ll start feeling better once you finally decide to quit LOLing at Facebook status updates or, worse, watching Leno as you drift off to sleep.

TAGS: computers, iPad, sleep, sleeping, TV


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DerkWann Moses (Thu, 26 Jul 2012 22:55:11 +0000): Well now that looks like fun!
San Chan (Fri, 27 Jul 2012 03:15:06 +0000): I always sleep with the TV on, which is not good to me.
Serena Lee (Fri, 27 Jul 2012 09:32:09 +0000): Is it true?
Serena Lee (Fri, 27 Jul 2012 09:38:26 +0000): "Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction." ~~~~ageloving~~~a cool community for intergenerational relationships where younger women and older men, or older women and younger men seek for dating, romance, marriage, friendship or fun.
Jesse Hachey (Fri, 27 Jul 2012 16:16:05 +0000): Once again... a blog post about a piece of research with absolutely no link to the actual research itself.


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