Sleeping with a screen on can lead to female obesity

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One of the most important findings was that women who slept with a light or with the television on in the room were 17% more likely to have gained 5 kilos or more during the investigation period.

The analysis focused on data on sleep, light exposure and weight gain during the study, but not on breast cancer.

They were also 22% more likely to become newly overweight and 33% more likely to become newly obese.

Women, beware: Sleeping with a light on or the TV going in your bedroom could make you put on weight.

The study wasn't a controlled experiment and so it can't prove whether or how exposure to artificial light at night might directly cause obesity.

Globally, 1.9 billion adults are overweight or obese, according to the World Health Organization.

A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered healthy, while 25 to 29.9 is overweight, 30 or above is obese and 40 or higher is severely or morbidly obese.

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"There was a dose response, in that the more light in the room the stronger the association", Sandler said.

Dozing off to late-night TV or sleeping with other lights on may mix up your metabolism and lead to weight gain and even obesity, a provocative but preliminary U.S. research suggests.

"Even with the lights off, our bedrooms are often aglow at night from luminous clocks, light-emitting diodes from electronic devices, and outside lighting that seeps through porous curtains and shades", Gangwisch said.

"The two most common strategies for obesity prevention are promoting healthy diets and increased exercise levels", researchers said. While a fatty eating routine and inactive way of life are the most regularly referred to clarifications for stoutness, some past research has likewise connected exposure to counterfeit light during the evening to an expanded danger of weight gain, analysts note in the study.

The research paper published on Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine is the first study of its kind to find an association between any exposure to television or light at night and gaining weight in women.

The television and any bedside or overhead lights need to go off, and then people need to look for other light sources to eliminate, he advised.

Professor Malcolm von Schantz, a professor of chronobiology at the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom who was not involved in the study, told the Science Media Centre that the study would have been stronger if the women had been wearing instruments that measured their activity as well as the exact amount of light they were exposed to, rather than depending on self-reports - "but the findings make ideal biological sense".

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