Reading this article struck a cord with me, on the street where I live, we have been fortunate enough to have new street lighting installed. Whilst it's brighter I must confess the glare is so bright it keeps you awake at night. I'm however relieved they will be fitting a cover over the lights to disperse the light downwards and away from directly shinning into nearby houses.
As more and more studies are being conducted on lighting and its impact on our health we are realising just how important lighting is in your environment.
Many things can impact our ability to sleep. Too much noise and too much caffeine are common culprits, but light can keep you from getting adequate rest too, recent research shows. People who live in more densely populated areas that are lit at night with bright street lights or signs are more likely to report trouble sleeping, suggests new research from Stanford Sleep Epidemiology Research Center in California. Although the study doesn’t prove cause-and-effect, the scientists believe that intense outdoor illumination in the evening interferes with quality of sleep. People with high nighttime light exposure, for example, were more likely than those in low-lit regions of the country to be dissatisfied with their sleep quantity or quality, the findings showed. The findings were to be presented in April at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting in Vancouver, Canada.