When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, a lot of us tend to outgrow needing to sleep with the light on. But you’d be surprised as to how effective lighting can be, no matter whether it’s from your television or mobile phone. So which type of lighting is best and how can you use mood lighting to help you get to sleep?

The Effects of Sleeping With The Light On

White light is emitted by the majority regular light bulbs. This type of light can actually make it very difficult to get to sleep. Considering that darkness is essential to a good night’s sleep, any type of light is inevitably going to affect your sleep. The main reason for that lighting affects sleep is because it tricks your brain into thinking that it is still daylight outside, hence why it can take a much longer time to get to sleep.

Do Nightlights Work?

Rather than having a glaring light emitted from your bedroom light, you might want to consider a nightlight. Nightlights with a red bulb are recommended, although it may seem a little strange, this is because red is a long wavelength light that has been shown less disruptive to sleep than alternative light wavelengths. You should keep this nightlight at least 3m away from your bed and keep it at a fairly dim setting, that way it shouldn’t disrupt your sleep too much.

Overall, mood lighting is certainly a better alternative to having your bedroom light on. Red lighting has been proven to be the most effective type of lighting when it comes to sleep. So if your child is still sleeping with the light on, we would suggest getting them a red light bulb as opposed to a white light bulb.


24 and living in London. Production manager within the bed industry. I have a strong passion for beds and football. In my spare time I love going on long car journeys around Europe with my lovely wife, Cara.

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