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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Rounds of 25, 50 and 75 for time of:

How are you sleeping?  Sleep is right up there with good nutrition as an important aspect of recover.  Mark's Daily Apple's recently posted an excellent article about the effect of light on sleep.  A study recently showed that a small blue light on the back of the knee effected sleep enough to be detrimental.  The study then postulated that blue light in particular effects sleep more than any other part of the spectrum. And blue light emanates from almost all electronics. From your lap top to the computer your reading this on all of them can effect your sleep.

The authors of "Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar and Survival" have postulated that the blue light simulates day time and thus the body keeps you awake to feed and mate.  The opposite of this is that the color red has no effect on sleep, because of the need for fire to keep warm.  So blue keeps you awake and alert which doesn't seem that bad, however where this becomes a problem is at night.  Using your computer or watching T.V. and the associated blue light effects your sleep.  Mark's Daily Apple has some great solutions to this, including an application that cuts down on blue light from your computer. Make sure your sleeping in an entirely dark room, cover up any LED's in the room especially. You can wear orange colored glasses at night if you want to totally avoid blue light.
-Paul Siegel

We will be closed Sunday, enjoy your rest day.  

1 comment:

  1. Since tomorrow is a HQ rest day, will there be a workout at 11am?