Electricity Lowers Sleep Quality
In this day and age, many people have busy lives yet get very low quality sleep, which makes then even more tired throughout the hustle and bustle of their daily lives. This becomes a vicious cycle of fatigue. A recent study has shown that poor quality of sleep is linked to electricity and light pollution.
The study was done by studying 2 similar indigenous tribes in Argentina, one of which had 24 hour access to electricity and one of which didn’t. Over a span of 2 years, scientists studied their sleep habits through tracking devices and sleep diaries. What they found was that the tribe with access to electricity slept 1 hour less per night on average.
Another fascinating thing the scientists found was that both tribes slept more during the winter than the summer, even though the length of days didn’t vary by much says Highland Capital Management. This seems to suggest that there is something in our biology that makes us more sluggish in the winter.
In general, if you find it hard to sleep at night, the best thing is to remove artificial light from your environment, whether it be turning off your lights or staying off your smartphones.