The Effects of Red Light Therapy on Sleep and Restoration
With the amount of stress, we experience each day on the rise, it’s no wonder that most of us are finding it hard to fall asleep, stay asleep, and get enough sleep each night. While we all know how important it is to get enough rest, it’s increasingly difficult to do so. One night of bad sleep can lead to temporary moodiness, a lack of energy, and an unfocused mind, but there are more serious issues that come into play when we make a habit of not sleeping enough. Not getting enough sleep on a regular basis can lead to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, depression, anxiety, and more.
While we’d all like to sleep better, a lot of us simply can’t manage it, because it’s difficult. It’s either impossible to calm our minds enough to get to sleep at night or a total struggle to stay asleep. If this sounds familiar to you, you’re not alone. According to the Sleep Foundation, 35.2% of American adults say that they sleep less than the recommended seven hours per night on average. In order to solve this problem, many people are turning to unhealthy habits like taking over-the-counter sleep medication every night or indulging in alcohol use to help themselves fall asleep.
Sleep isn’t just important for your mental health. It’s also very important for your physical health. While sleeping, your body releases certain hormones that help repair cells and control your body’s use of energy. Recent studies have also shown that getting enough sleep can impact vaccine efficacy. Fortunately, there are healthier ways to fight insomnia and sleeplessness, like red light therapy.
Whether it comes from our mobile phones or the screens of our computers and TVs, most of us are surrounded by blue late during the day. Blue light has a wavelength of around 450 to 495 nm and is known to keep us awake, which is why we are often warned not to leave the TV on at night or keep our phones or tablets next to us while we try to sleep. Red light, by comparison, has a much longer wavelength of around 670 nm and may have the opposite effect on us as blue light, prompting feelings of drowsiness.
Red light therapy wavelengths have been shown to boost the production of melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone that helps you sleep well. In other words, exposure to red light therapy might help you calm and soothe your mood, as well as produce more melatonin, which prompts healthier sleep. When you sleep better, you experience better health overall.
If you have trouble sleeping, you may want to try red light therapy before jumping to sleeping pills and other methods of coping with insomnia or restlessness. To learn more about red light therapy and its innovative effects it may have on improving sleep, visit Avanti Body. We look forward to helping you get a better night’s sleep.