Difficulty Sleeping And Red Light Therapy Benefits
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Can Red Light Therapy Improve Sleep?

Are you tired of spending hours sleeplessly tossing and turning? Then you may be interested in red light therapy to improve your sleep. Studies suggest that red light therapy can help you sleep restfully and wake up feeling alert.

More than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep deprivation. Around 70 percent suffer from sleep disorders like insomnia, restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy, and sleep apnea. Fortunately, there are treatments for sleep disorders that can improve your circadian rhythm so you can get some sleep!

red light therapy effect on sleeplessness, lakewood ranch flShort-Term & Long-Term Impacts of Sleep Deprivation 

Have you noticed that you have a shorter fuse or attention span when you are sleep-deprived? These are two of the most common symptoms when you lose out on sleep. Lack of sleep negatively impacts your mood, cognitive processing, and memory. In other words, it makes you moody, emotional, and quick-tempered. Your mind has trouble cons concentrating, problem-solving, thinking creatively, and building memories when you are tired. These short-term impacts of sleep deprivation can lead to car accidents or errors at work.

Suffering from a sleep disorder doesn’t just impact your day-to-day quality of life; it also affects your long-term health. Chronic sleep deprivation can cause weakened immunity, high blood pressure, weight gain, low sex drive, poor balance, and increased risk of diabetes and heart disease. Lack of sleep from a sleep disorder can even contribute to mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and paranoia.

Blue Light & Sleep Deprivation 

What is throwing off many Americans’ natural circadian rhythms or internal clocks is artificial blue light. Our world is overloaded with blue light from phones, computers, tablets, televisions, and light bulbs. This type of illumination mimics the light radiated by the sun. When you take in blue light—whether from the sun, a phone, or a light bulb—your body interprets it as a signal to be alert. When you are working or playing, this is a good thing. The problem arises when you want to sleep.

When the sun’s blue light fades in the evening, your body should begin to produce melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone your body naturally produces to induce sleepiness. But, unfortunately, our bodies can’t tell the difference between natural and artificial blue light.

If you are surrounded by blue light in the evening, your body won’t receive the signal to begin producing melatonin. If you suffer from a sleep disorder or disordered circadian rhythm, blue light is, most likely, a contributing factor.

To reduce the impact of blue light on your sleep, sleep specialists recommend shutting off screens at least an hour before your bedtime or using blue light filtering glasses and blue-light-free light bulbs in your bedroom. These simple changes can reduce the stimulation your body is receiving from blue light though it may not be enough to increase your body’s production of melatonin.

bed for red light therapy, longboat key flHow Red Light Therapy Improves Sleep

Have you ever wondered why sitting around a campfire or in a candle-lit room makes you sleepy? The natural red light produced by flames has a soothing effect. You don’t have to risk a house fire to enjoy the benefits of red light. Both natural and artificial red light has a low color temperature that helps your body transition to sleep. If you want to improve your body’s circadian rhythm, red light therapy is a promising solution.

It is reported in Study after study using red light therapy can increase your energy and endurance mentally and physically, as well as improve sleep quality. Daily use of a red light device has been linked to enhanced melatonin levels & improved sleep.

What red lights offer the most significant benefits? Red light bulbs from your local hardware store may offer some benefits, but the most powerful results are from dedicated red light equipment. Red light therapy devices, like ours at Fit and Trim of Sarasota, emit high-powered red light wavelengths that penetrate your cells. This type of therapy has many benefits, such as decreasing inflammation and improving your body’s natural healing. In addition, if you suffer from insomnia or another sleep disorder, red light therapy can improve your sleep and melatonin production. Give us a call to set up a consultation and experience the healing benefits of red light therapy for yourself!