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ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MARCH 23: The Netflix App logo is seen on a television screen on March 23, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. The Government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan passed a new law on March 22 extending the reach of the country's radio and TV censor to the internet. The new law will allow RTUK, the states media watchdog, to monitor online broadcasts and block content of social media sites and streaming services including Netflix and YouTube. Turkey already bans many websites including Wikipedia, which has been blocked for more than a year. The move came a day after private media company Dogan Media Company announced it would sell to pro-government condc/elements/1.1/">ISTANBUL, TURKEY - MARCH 23: The Netflix App logo is seen on a television screen on March 23, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. The Government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan passed a new law on March 22 extending the reach of the country's radio and TV censor to

Got a TV in the bedroom? Do you sleep with your favorite Netflix series playing through the night? Do you doze with the lights on? You might want to flick the switch before falling asleep. According to a new study, this could be the reason why you’re gaining weight.

Published Monday in the JAMA Internal Medicine, the National Institutes of Health report isn’t concrete proof but builds on other evidence that artificial light messes with our metabolism.

Looking at health and lifestyle data from nearly 44,000 U.S. women, researchers found that those who slept with TVs or lights on gained at least 11 pounds over five years and were 30 percent more likely to become obese.

Speaking about the study, lead author Dale Sandler said, “Evolutionarily we are supposed to be sleeping at night, in a dark place,” noting,
“It’s much more important than people realize for a whole variety of health reasons.”

Do you watch TV in bed or fall asleep with the lights on? Have you found that it affects your sleep? What changes have you made to get better sleep?

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