How Light Pollution is Damaging Your Health

You have definitely heard of the dangers of industrial pollution before, but have you ever heard about the health issues that are associated with light pollution? Light pollution is caused by an abundance of artificial light that affects our bodies when it is naturally supposed to be dark, outside and inside.

People who live in urban areas and big cities are more likely to experience light pollution, as well as the negative consequences it can have on their circadian rhythms, which have a great influence on behaviors and moods. As someone who lives in an area with tons of light pollution, I thought it would be important to learn more about this health hazard, as well as how to fix and even prevent it from causing harm, which is how I came across an article by Care 2 that addresses both of these issues. 

Light pollution can take many different forms, including large clusters of light sources from urban areas, as well as even an unnaturally bright night sky that occurs as a result of these light clusters. Excessive brightness can lead to light glares, which can impair sight and vision. You may be wondering where all this light is coming from (I know I was certainly curious). Besides the obvious contenders, such as street lights and city buildings, light pollution also emanates from stadiums, billboards, and car lights as well. 

You can see how this overload of artificial light can create such hazards to health. Most of the damage occurs while we sleep, since being exposed to light pollution while we sleep can suppress the production of melatonin in our bodies. Melatonin is an important hormone that regulates our blood pressure and the timing of our sleep. When our bodies do not get enough melatonin each night, our days are often filled with more anxiety, fatigue, and higher blood pressure as a result. This is why it is so important to take steps to prevent light pollution from harming your health.

Even if you live in a densely populated area, you can take control of the amount of artificial light that seeps into your room. First, be sure to keep all electronics away from your bedroom, since the blue light emanating from these devices is another form of light pollution. It is best to avoid using electronics in the hour before you go to sleep. You may also want to invest in a heavy curtain that will block all forms of light in your bedroom, so you can get the darkness that your body needs to rest.

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