Women—do you sleep in a dark room? If not, you may want to start. This is Judy Gaman and this is your Stay Young Medical Minute. New research from the NIH found that women who are exposed to artificial light during sleep, whether it be from TV or a turned-on light, have a higher risk of becoming obese. The research included more than 43,000 women and spanned over 5 and half years. They not only found it can lead to obesity, but also large amounts of light in a participant’s sleep environment led to a higher BMI and waist to hip ratio. Sleep durations were also shorter and healthy eating choices were lower in these individuals. You may want to start turning off the TV and making sure your room is dark before falling asleep. This Stay Young Medical Minute is brought to you by Executive Medicine of Texas, a leader in preventative and proactive medicine. Learn why patients from around the globe trust Executive Medicine of Texas to their health. Visit EMTexas.com that’s EMTexas.com.
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