New study finds sleeping with the tv on can bring about early death

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New study finds sleeping with the tv on can bring about early death

Millions of people sleep in front of the television each night, but a recent study indicated that this habit might increase the risk of dying early.

Five hundred fifty-two Americans between the ages of 63 and 84 participated in a study at the Northwestern University School of Medicine that examined how ambient light affected their health and sleeping patterns.

The study discovered that people who slept with even a little ambient light had a higher risk of developing diabetes, obesity, and hypertension.

The study’s lead researcher, Phyllis Zee, told CNN, “people should do their best to avoid or minimize the amount of light they are exposed to during sleep.”

The study also found that participants were more likely to develop insulin resistance in the morning after spending the night in a room with low illumination, such as that produced by a TV.

According to the American Family Physician, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease are frequently linked to insulin resistance, when cells in the muscles, fat, and liver don’t respond to insulin as they should.

 

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