Insulin control is tougher if you sleep with a light on

Better insulin control… in your sleep!

Here’s a simple drug-free way to get your blood sugar under control, boost your body’s insulin response and prevent diabetes – even stop the disease from getting worse.

And when I say “simple,” you won’t believe how easy it is.

When you go to bed… make sure all the lights are off!

I told you this was an easy one.

Before I go any further, don’t assume that you’re covered on this because you already turn out all the lights before bed. You don’t have to be sleeping under Hollywood lights to suffer the damage uncovered by the new study.

Even turning your room lights off might not even enough.

Faint amounts of light – from a night light, a dim lamp in the corner, or just bleeding in from the hallway or through the window – can do the trick!

In a series of experiments, sleepers either snoozed away at night in a dark room or in a room with a very dim light source overhead.

The ones who had the dim light also spent a night in a completely dark room as a baseline.

That dim light made a difference in a way you can’t see or feel.

But it can hurt you.

By morning, they had signs of increased insulin resistance.

That’s when your body’s insulin struggles to pull glucose out of the bloodstream. When this process starts to fail, you suffer prediabetes and eventually diabetes.

The reason is most likely melatonin.

That’s the “sleep hormone” that tells your body when it’s time to knock out. You make it naturally at night. When your body sees light, it gets a little confused and doesn’t generate as much melatonin, which is almost as essential to blood sugar control as it is to sleep.

If you have a nightlight, consider turning it off (keep one out in the hallway or bathroom to help you see if you need to get up during the night).

But that’s not the only way you can end up sleeping in a room with too much light.

There could be another “secret” form of light pollution hurting your hormones – and the culprit might be your shades.

If they’re light-colored shades, consider something darker.

Your room might be nice and dark when you fall asleep… and if you’re a good sleeper, you can keep snoozing even as dawn breaks and your room brightens up through those lighter shades.

But as the new study shows, that extra light bleeding through could be enough to trigger insulin problems in your body.

Replace the shades, and you’ll not only sleep better. You could get better blood sugar control, too.