Those who reported sleeping at night in a room with a television on or a light were more likely to gain at least 4.9 kgs over about five years than those who slept in darkness.
- Women who sleep with the television on or with the presence of other artificial light during the night may be at higher risk of weight gain or developing obesity, according to a group of researchers at the National Institutes of Health.
Sleeping with a cellphone, bright alarm clock on or a television next to your bed puts women at risk for weight gain, a new study found.
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"As the authors mention, you can't point directly to causality between bedroom light exposure at night for a sleeping individual and weight gain but I think this is definitely a step in that direction", he said.
They were also about 30 per cent more likely to become obese.
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Respondents reported exposure to artificial light at night (ALAN) from televisions, smart phones, computers, e-readers and tablets, which emit a short wavelength-enriched light or "blue light" that previous research has linked to melatonin suppression and circadian disruption.
Still, said lead study author Dr. Yong-Moon Park, "Cutting off lights at bedtime could reduce women's chances of becoming obese". For example - the women who slept with the light or TV on were 22 percent more likely to put on weight - this could be because a lack of sleep makes you more hungry thanks to hormones that are released when you're exhausted. "If these study findings are true and if they can be replicated then it's a very easy public health message to turn off the lights when you're sleeping".
Professor Malcolm von Schantz, from the University of Surrey, commented on the study, saying: 'The findings make flawless biological sense.
"Even with the lights off, our bedrooms are often aglow at night from luminous clocks, light-emitting diodes from electronic devices, and outside lighting that seeps through porous curtains and shades", Gangwisch said.
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"We know from experimental studies in people that light at night affects our metabolism in ways that are consistent with increased risk of metabolic syndrome".