Red Light

Shape (Malaysia) - - Healthwise -

To wind down be­fore bed, use red light. “The color sig­nals that it’s night, which may en­cour­age the body to pro­duce mela­tonin,” says Dr. Michael Breus, an ad­vi­sory board mem­ber for Sleep-Score Labs. Turn on a bulb like Light­ing Science Good Night Sleep -En­hanc­ing LED bulb (lsgc.com) at least 30 min­utes be­fore bed.

Red light can also im­prove your work­out. Just one to five min­utes of ex­po­sure to red and in­frared light right be­fore ex­er­cise boosted strength and pre­vented sore­ness, says Dr. Ernesto Leal-Ju­nior, the head of the Lab­o­ra­tory of Pho­tother­apy in Sports and Ex­er­cise at Nove de Julho Univer­sity in Brazil. “Cer­tain wave­lengths of red and in­frared light—660 to 905 nanome­ters— reach skele­tal mus­cle tis­sue, stim­u­lat­ing the mi­to­chon­dria to pro­duce more ATP, a sub­stance that cells use as fuel,” he says. Some gyms have red-light ma­chines. Or you can in­vest in your own, like the Light-Stim for Pain (light­stim.com) or the Joovv Mini ( joovv.com).

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