Being A Night Owl Might Affect Your Metabolism

Posted on April 13, 2015

While there are many people who don’t identify as either an early bird or a night owl, a large amount of people find that they do their best work and feel most alert either late at night or early in the morning. It might seem that both options are equally acceptable, but when it comes to your health that just might not be the case.

A recent study suggests that those who identify as night owls are more likely to deal with certain health issues than those who get up and go to bed earlier. Researchers from Korea interviewed a group of 1,620 individuals and found that while a large number didn’t of people didn’t identify as either a morning person or a night person, 480 people did consider themselves early birds while 95 identified as night owls.

Researchers compiled data such as waist size, glucose tolerance, body composition, and behavioral characteristics. Bernardo Chua read that, in men, chances of having diabetes was found to be quite a bit higher if they were night owls, and women who like to stay up late were found to be twice as likely to have metabolic syndrome than their early bird counterparts.

While the reasons for the statistics aren’t clear, it is possible that eating at night and exposure to artificial lighting may affect metabolism. Scientists can’t say for sure at this point whether becoming a morning person would benefit these people, but if you’re a night owl it might just be worth reconsidering your habits.

Orange Glasses the key to a Good Night Sleep

Posted on April 08, 2015

If you have trouble sleeping, you can be sure using your cell phone, laptop or tablet is contributing to you being up too late at night. But Orange glasses could help you sleep.

According to scientists, the light emitted by these devices alters the circadian rhythm or sleep rhythm in ways that scientists are only beginning to understand.

“Since we inhabited the Earth, light has affected our biological functions. But our understanding of what kind of light has a greater impact or how it affects us is something new and we don’t have all the answers,” said researcher, Mariana Figueiro, expert at the Research Center of Light from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.

Jaime Garcia Dias has learned that electronic devices emit a blue light of short wavelengths, particularly affecting a type of photoreceptors in the eye only recently discovered.

Use Orange Filters to Minimize the Blue Light.

Figueiro recommends reducing blue light devices with “orange filters that extract the blue light, because that minimizes the impact on the circadian system.”

These filters are much better than some programs on computers to change colors.

Another tip is to expose more light to your body in the morning.

“Light is an important signal for the body because it regulates our biological clock,” said Figueiro.

Over the years the ocular lens becomes thicker, the pupil shrinks, and less light reaches the back of the eye.

Minimize the light before going to bed, and increase it when you wake up, and to filter blue light, begin wearing orange glasses.