Blue Light Accelerates Aging

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  • Exposure to blue light is pervasive as it’s emitted from commonly used LED lighting and all electronic and digital equipment unless software is used to block it. Researchers have found these high energy light waves are responsible for neurodegeneration in organisms that share cellular and developmental mechanisms with animals and humans
  • Past studies have also linked exposure to blue light with damage to the retina and photoreceptor cells, potentially leading to macular degeneration and blindness; damaging blue light also leads to sleep disruption and poor-quality sleep
  • In turn, poor sleep may lead to significant health problems, including high blood pressure, insulin resistance, obesity, heart disease and accelerated heart aging
  • You may have a significant positive effect on your sleep patterns and reduce your potential eye damage by reducing light emitting devices in your bedroom during sleep, replacing LED lighting with incandescent bulbs and employing other strategies

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