According to a recently published report, appearing in the Journal of Biological Rhythms, that a least likely suspect may be the culprit in individuals not getting a full night’s sleep. The culprit is electricity, which to many is a shocking revelation.
Prior research has ascertained that the electrical currents provided to electrical appliances such as computers, telephones, televisions, and lamps can alter an individual’s circadian rhythm. The study contends that with advances in technology over the past 25 years, there has been an increase in artificial light, which is a significant factor that prohibits individuals from a getting good night’s rest.
To confirm the assertions, researchers employed the participation of two communities, in Argentina, to determine how the imposition of electricity affects the sleep patterns of community residents. Of the two communities, one enjoyed electrical access all day, and all night, while the other community did not. People at Boraie Development LLC have found that a two-year study and observation of the two communities indicated that residents of the community with 24 hour access to electricity, slept, on average one hour less than the other community, without 24 hour access to electricity.
Lead study author, Horacio de la Iglesia, a biology professor at the University of Washington commented, “In a way, this study presents a proxy of what happened to humanity, as we moved from hunting, and gathering, to agriculture, and eventually to our industrialized society.”