The Positive Effect of LED Light Bulbs on Babies
At one time or another we’ve all heard someone say they, “slept like a baby” after getting a good night’s sleep, but for many parents, getting their infants to sleep through the night is an ongoing struggle. The net result of this struggle is a loss of sleep for everyone — baby, mother, father, and even siblings. Interestingly enough, the solution to this problem may lie in something very familiar to all of us – light.
An LED bulb can facilitate sleep because it syncs perfectly with our biological clocks. Everyone, including babies, has an internal timekeeper. Our biological clocks can actually tell the difference between day and night. When Mother Nature’s clock detects sunlight, it tells us to stay awake. When daylight gives way to dusk and darkness, it sends us the sleep signal. Yawns, droopy eyes, and finally slumber are the result.
The problem we experience with light is conventional incandescent lamps emit daytime light waves. Our internal clocks pick up these waves and mistakenly tell us it’s still daytime. So we stay awake, even though it’s well past sunset.
Biological LED light bulbs, however, allow us to pick which light wave they emanate, day or night. When exposed to the nighttime light waves, our biological clocks interpret them the same as they would a sunset, thereby signaling it’s time to relax and rest.
When regularly exposed to biologically correct LED light, infants will develop healthful rest and activity patterns.
As parents, we go to any length to ensure our kids are protected from noises that could keep them awake or wake them up, and so few of us are doing something as simple as changing a light bulb to ensure the lights they see are just as conducive to sleep. LEDs fit in conventional sockets, just like any other bulbs. Parents can place them in the room of their choosing – bedrooms, nurseries, etc. Wherever there’s a need for sound, restful sleep.
What a Good Night’s Sleep Will Bring
Once they reach the age of three to four months, it’s common for babies to sleep through the night, so in order for them to sleep for longer periods during these hours, it is important that we help them differentiate between night and day.
There’s no question that uninterrupted, restful sleep is the key to physical revitalization and mental alertness – for any age. Well-rested individuals are always the best prepared to tackle the day’s activities. But for children, sound slumber is particularly critical. That’s because the majority of child development occurs during sleep.
What Sleep Deprivation Will Bring
A staggering 20% to 43% of children worldwide experience trouble sleeping and it affects several aspects of their mood, wellness and growth.
Temperament—When a baby is fussy, parents often apologize by saying that he/she “is just really tired.” Whether those babies are normally well behaved or not, they are right. Sleep detriment is a detriment to many things related to their mood, including attention, irritability and behavior.
Metabolism—We are one of many who are talking about the effects sleep on an adult’s heath and metabolism, but affects on a baby’s metabolism specifically are often not included. According to Science of Mom’s research, “several studies have shown that babies who get less sleep gain more fat as infants and are at higher risk of being overweight at three years of age.”
Memory—A lot of parents read to their babies because it is part of a routine. They feed the baby, give him/her a bath, and read them a story before bed. What they may not be aware of is that doing this drastically improves a child’s development and vocabulary because babies learn best right before sleep. According to an article in Time Magazine, this is because an infant’s sleep affects developing brain structures associated to higher-order cognitive processes.
There are many causes for sleep deprivation in children, but, in many cases, sleep difficulties are the result of a biological clocks being thrown out of sync by improper lighting. To get things right, parents need to reset the out-of-sync clocks to match daytime and nighttime light. That’s exactly what a biologically-correct LED bulb will do.