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Artificial Light And Sleep

A list of articles with research on how the huge amount of artificial light today affects our bodies and other creatures and also the night time sky.

Drowning in Light - Issue 11: Light - Nautilus

In 1996, Yale economist William D. Nordhaus calculated that the average citizen of Babylon would have had to work a total of 41 hours to buy enough lamp oil to equal a 75-watt light bulb burning for one hour.

Falling in Love With the Dark - Issue 11: Light - Nautilus

If you see a car along that road," Tyler Nordgren warned me, "don't look at the headlights. It'll ruin your night vision for 2 hours." Nordgren and I had pitched our tents under the brow of Mount Whitney in the Alabama Hills, a field of boulders near Death Valley.

Why broken sleep is a golden time for creativity - Karen Emslie - Aeon

It is 4.18am. In the fireplace, where logs burned, there are now orange lumps that will soon be ash. Orion the Hunter is above the hill. Taurus, a sparkling V, is directly overhead, pointing to the Seven Sisters. Sirius, one of Orion's heel dogs, is pumping red-blue-violet, like a galactic disco ball.

The health effects of a world without darkness - Rebecca Boyle - Aeon

Sound dominated my senses as we left the village of San Pedro de Atacama and walked into the desert night. The crunch of shoes on gravel underlay our voices, which were hushed to avoid waking any households or street dogs.