Melissa Wiliams, Freelance Writer | Co-Owner, Yoga JunctionHopefully you've switched out bulbs in your house to a CFL, knowing that you're doing better by the environment by getting rid of the energy-sucking incandescents
Unfortunately, the story doesn't end there.
Recent reports show that they (these supposedy safe bulbs) contain hazardous mercury, which is why proper disposal is key.
And now a new report published in the Journal of Environmental Management shows that exposure to LED + CFL bulbs may suppress melatonin, a hormone that is not only linked with sleep, but also with a variety of mood disorders.
Not sure what to do?
For starters, try turning off the lights, the safest and healthiest option.
Natural light is much better for your vision (during the day) and also for your mood. If lights-off isn't an option, you'll want to use your lighting sparingly and follow these suggestions on how to properly dispose of your light bulbs.
Eco-friendly only goes so far when it comes to your light bulb options. While we've been extolling the virtues of the CFL light bulb for quite some time, recent research shows it isn't as innocent as it once appeared to be- potentially emitting mercury into the environment if broken or burned out.
Proper disposal of CFL lights is important. Local governments each have their own disposal systems and some local retailers carry dispensaries as well. Visit earth911.com for more details.
If you're using a LED lightbulb, you'll want to use it sparingly since recent reports suggest that LED light diminishes melatonin, a hormone essential for a variety of functions. Instead, try opening the blinds, and if that's not an option try light therapy, especially if you experience SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Light boxes made especially for treating SAD are available, featuring at least 10,000 LUX from fluorescent light, and are designed to mimic the effects of the sun. Be sure to follow your doctor's orders and manufacturing instructions.
For more tips and articles like these, visit HealingLifestyles.com.