Sunday, October 17, 2010

Night Light Effect

One of my kids sleeps with the door open so he can see a little bit of light. The other two sleep in the pitch dark. I sleep in the dark. My kids always break night lights. Then I get worried they will get electrocuted so I move them. They just haven't worked out at our house. Do your kids like night lights? (This picture is of a shock shield night light. I guess that's what I need!)

FROM NBC: How much you weigh could depend on your how much light you're exposed to at night. Researchers at Ohio State University compared the weight of mice that lived in a standard light-dark cycle to those exposed to dim light at night. They found mice in the dim light environment gained 50 percent more weight during the study, even though they ate and exercised the same amount as mice living in a normal light cycle. Experts say the difference was mice exposed to light at night ate at off hours. Researchers say this could be relevant to humans using the computer or watching t-v at night may be causing people to eat at the wrong times, leading to a larger waistline. Experts say the hormone melatonin (involved in metabolism) could be disrupted in people exposed to light at night.

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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