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The Dark Truth About Nightlights

Email sent: May 21, 2021 4:00am
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Hey there, Pillow People! It’s Paige from your favorite pillow pros, Sleep Artisan.
 
Do you use a nightlight when you sleep, or are you one of those people that wants their room to be a straight-up dark cave at night? Is one really better than the other?

The short answer is... yes.

Sorry nightlight users, dark cavers are getting higher quality sleep than you. According to Sleep.org, having a nightlight in the room disturbs natural melatonin production. Melatonin is the hormone that assists in sleep, and even with your eyes closed the light will still be detected and your brain will be confused about what time it is.

And your sleep isn’t the only thing that’s affected. Since having a light on at night impacts hormone production, it is also connected to depression, daily fatigue, and even increased cancer risk. Potentially spooky stuff!

Are you one of those people that’s scared of the dark or has stubbed their toe in the middle of the night too many times to ditch your nightlight? Don’t worry, there’s hope for you still!

Switching up the color of your bulb can help filter the light to make it less harmful. Blue light is the worst for your mood, followed closely by white lights. Red bulbs, oddly enough, don’t have the same negative effects as these other bulbs, try this color.

In addition to switching up the color of the bulb, you can place the nightlight in your bathroom (where you’ll most likely be headed in the middle of the night anyway) so your eyes don’t sense the light all night long. That way, your natural melatonin levels can stay pretty high in the middle of the night, but you don’t miss the toilet when you’re half asleep in the bathroom.

Obviously the nightlight situation is a little different with kids - sometimes there’s a nightlight on in a nursery or a youngster is afraid of the dark. No need to worry, thought, because it won’t have a huge impact on your baby’s ability to sleep and your child will outgrow their fear of the dark when they’re ready and you can remove the nightlight (or at least make it a red bulb in the bathroom).

Here’s to sleeping better. Naturally!

Paige
Founder, Sleep Artisan

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