So much for the darkened room

BBC NEWS | Health | Light therapy ‘can slow dementia’

Those who had melatonin, but no extra lighting, had better sleep patterns, but tended to be more withdrawn and have a worse mood.

However, patients having melatonin and bright light together managed to avoid these mood problems.

Even having the light without melatonin slowed “cognitive deterioration” by 5% compared with those homes which did not install brighter lighting, and depressive symptoms fell by 19%.

And yeah, from the first-childhood side of things, having someone in the house who needs care and is on a completely opposing sleep-wake schedule pretty much destroys your life…

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