Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Study: Waking to the Light From Electronics Has Positive Effect

Waking up with computer
Image Source/Getty Images

The last thing in the world you’d ever think is that having our electronic devices around when we wake up would be good for us, but it just might be.

New research seems to indicate that exposure to the blue light that comes from our computers and cell phones might trigger a chemical reaction in our bodies that helps us be more alert when were getting up in the morning.

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute had a group of teenagers sleep for only 4.5-hours three nights, and had them awaken to either dim natural light or blue light. Here’s what they found:

Teens who woke up to the blue light had nearly double the level of cortisol, the stress hormone, as those who woke up to the dim light.

Elevated levels of cortisol throughout the day have a negative impact on the body, but having a morning peak of the hormone resets your cardiac rhythm, and syncs your body to the day, warming it up for the stresses ahead.

I’m no researcher, but if you’re waking up with MORE of the stress hormone, how is that a good thing?

Best of KSOO

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for KSOO VIP Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive KSOO VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.