Thursday, January 14, 2010

Lights Out!

Do you sleep with the lights on? If you're afraid of things that go bump in the night while you sleep, it's high time you grow up and start sleeping in total darkness. As nature would have it, keeping the lights on during bedtime puts your health at serious risk. And as to what serious danger this is, it is none other than the big “C” (cancer) itself.

As published in a Reader's digest article in July 2009, sleeping with artificial lights on causes your body to slow down its melatonin production, which eventually causes cancer. A popular theory that has been circulating for years now, it is advocated by findings from various researches. Accordingly, artificial light at night raises the risk of prostate cancer among men (based on a research by the University of Haifa in Israel) and breast cancer among post-menopausal women(based on the study of Harvard researchers).

So the next time you catch yourself about to turn on your night-light prior to bedtime, stop! Ghosts may scare the crap out of you, but for all you know, they're nowhere as real or frightening as the cancer risk of sleeping with the lights on.

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