It’s no secret that light affects our mood. Bright light can boost our energy and help us feel more alert, while dim light can make us feel relaxed and even sleepy. So it’s not surprising that the light from our electronic devices can also have an effect on our emotions.
But what about LED lights? These are the bright, energy-efficient lights that are increasingly being used in everything from TVs to car headlights. Could the light from these LEDs be causing us anxiety?
There’s no definitive answer, but there is some evidence that LED light can have a negative effect on our mood. A study from 2015 found that exposure to blue-enriched light, which is similar to the light emitted by LEDs, increased feelings of anxiety and decreased feelings of pleasure.
Other studies have found that LED light can disrupt our sleep, which can lead to anxiety and other problems. And, of course, if we’re not getting enough sleep, we’re more likely to feel anxious.
So, if you’re someone who is prone to anxiety, it might be worth avoiding LED lights, or at least limiting your exposure to them. If you can’t avoid them, try to take breaks from looking at them every few hours, and make sure to get plenty of restful sleep.