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The Science Behind the Black

by Tenlie Mourning July 25, 2018

The Science Behind the Black

NIGHT was founded on the belief that sleep is the most powerful beauty tool. Without a good night’s sleep, no number of creams, or cover-ups can hide the look of an exhausted you. We set out to make products that help our community achieve deep, restful sleep.  Part of this goal was making a commitment to the NIGHT signature black hue. Not a common color used in bedding, sleeping on black actually helps to support deeper rest – there’s even the science to prove it.

By sleeping on a black sleep surface, you’re helping your body negate light that is disrupting your sleep cycle. Studies show that exposure to light before bedtime can shorten melatonin (a.k.a the sleep hormone) production by up to 90 minutes. That’s 90 minutes of lower quality sleep.

With the introduction of electronics into our nightly routines, people are also being exposed to more light for more hours of the day. Studies show that exposure to light immediately or near bedtime can suppress melatonin levels by 50%. That’s 50% less sleep hormone your body is producing, meaning the quality of your sleep suffers.  

In a recent Scientific American article, Stephani Sutherland writes:

"Mariana Figueiro of the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and her team showed that: 

Two hours of [screen] use at maximum brightness was enough to suppress people's normal nighttime release of melatonin, a key hormone in the body's clock, or circadian system. Melatonin tells your body that it is night, helping to make you sleepy. If you delay that signal, Figueiro says, you could delay sleep."

90 minutes less sleep at 50% less of the quality that could be possible? When was the last time you had a genuinely deep sleep?

The NIGHT signature black hue has been designed to help offset the brightness factors of modern life. Think color theory 101: black is black because it absorbs light. NIGHT products work like eye masks (or like an actual eye mask) to negate light and prompt your body to boost its melatonin production, helping you achieve true beauty sleep.

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