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Sunlight Helps Babies Sleep at Night

British researchers have found a new use for sunlight: A natural sleep aid for babies. Infants who were exposed to twice as much light between noon and 4pm became better sleepers. And those who slept well at six weeks were likely to be a good sleepers at 12 weeks.

The possible explanation for the link between light exposure and sleep: Higher light levels encourage the early development of the biological clock, which regulates a number of bodily functions, including the secretion of melatonin, an important factor in well-balanced sleeping patterns.

Parents taking part in the study were asked to maintain their usual routines while a light monitor was attached to their baby's cot. After a review of diary entries, babies cried nearly twice as much six weeks than they did at 12 weeks, leading researchers to conclude spending plenty of time in daylight encourages infants to sleep at night.

This is just one of the many natural healing benefits one receives from the sun, as it can:

Most of you know I am especially fond of any natural therapies that are inexpensive and address the underlying causes of disease, and it's hard to get more basic than sunshine!

BBC News November 22, 2004

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