Tuesday, June 7, 2005

You Can't Leave the Light On

Recently, Mae forwarded me an email titled, Sleeping with the light on raises child leukaemia. I dismissed it as a hoax along with those other urban legends chain mail.

"Aren't you even concerned?" Mae started her guilt campaign. If it were up to her, we'd be living in darkness from now on. Because Mae, despite being the voice of reason in our home, was also a little more gullible than the average person (Hehh, I'm so going to die for writing this!). With the barrage of chain mails that come into our mailboxes these days, don't be surprised if one day Mae convinces me to send all our money to Uganda, stop using shampoo, stop drinking Coke, forward all our emails to all our friends so that Walt Disney will give us money and relocate to the mountains. Hehehheh!

To stop her from bugging the sanity out of me, I decided to verify the information. And whaddya know, it turns out Mae was right:
Increased exposure to unnatural night-time light and the resultant reduced capacity to produce melatonin may be one of the reasons for the steady rise in childhood leukaemia over the past century.
This is terrible news. More so, if your kid's afraid of the dark - which is a subject that deserves an entry of its own. Anyway, our bedroom is pitch black these days. Which is fine with all of us, except that I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night and give myself a big fat shock when I can't see Jesse in between us. I think I need night vision goggles.

No, no, no, I don't want night vision goggles for myself. It's not like that at all. This is really for Jesse's sake. Think of how much night vision goggles can help us become effective and better parents, especially for night feeds. *ahem*


  1. ya ke? not even a little light?

  2. ai yah - relax lar bro.....
    Prof Russel Reiter, of the University of Texas, urged parents to use low-intensity lighting if their children have to get up during the night.....
    < Jesse in between us >
    ai yoh - no baby cot meh ?

  3. i think the word here is "may". we're also eating much more junk than 50 years ago.

  4. Hmm, maybe the night light is ok? I used to sleep with full lights on and I did that for closed to 3 years. Watudu? Scared of "ghosts". Then again, I'm no longer a kid. :p

  5. Wear sun block to sleep lor, I have a side filter energy saver light in my children room. Scare terpijak their toys at night.

  6. >>>except that I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night and give myself a big fat shock when I can't see Jesse in between us
    James ar, you shure you weren't sleeping on Jesse then? you know, you might ter-rolled over him somehow...

  7. Use candles ... oil lamps ... bonfire?
    I also agree with kimberlycun that a lot of these statistics are based on current research, but there are so many variables that are influencing our health, it can't just be the light. Maybe it's the air, so stop breathing!
    As a final note: 99% of statistics are made up on the spot.
    Thank you for listening.

  8. this is certainly new news to me but we've been sleeping in the dark since ermmm i can't remember. babies will get used to it. else use dim light.

  9. in addition, night lights can cause your kids' eyes to deteriorate as they grow older. In any case, humans all sleep better when it's pitch black.... honestly.. my hub n kid can testify..both sleep like pigs in a blanket, coz the room has zero light..even in the day..hah! Thanks to blackout curtains!

  10. I'm not sure Belacan. I suppose any light that would retard the development of melatonins is out. :)
    No Li, I think night vision goggles are the only way to go. HEhh! And yes, we have a baby cot but I guess we just like to spoil the kid. :lol:
    I concur, Kimberly. After all, I am a leading authority on the consumption of junk. :lol:
    Hahha, I was scared of ghosts too, Primrose.
    I scared terpijak the boy, Michelle. Hehhh!
    No Leokoo, but I've had him roll on me!
    Thanks for that statistic, Gwen. ;)
    Jesse is fine in the dark, Babe. In fact I suspect he's nocturnal.
    MOO+1: Is that a fact, about the eyesight? As for blackout curtains, we can never have them or we'll be sleeping thru everything. :lol:

  11. Mmm I used to have phobias of sleeping in the dark, especially impresionable when you especially if you're both scared of the dark and a sucker for horror movies (ok so poultergiest did it for me). Don't think I'd survive childhood without the night light!

  12. Hi, I've been following your stories though I've never commented. Wondered what it means by "Increased exposure to unnatural night-time light". What then is natural light? Anyway, I used to have a nice japanese lantern hung up from the ceiling of my room. Though I grew up using night lights, now I prefer to sleep in total darkness without any lights.

  13. Damn, Kervin, that's the same movie that freaked me out for months.
    Thanks for dropping in finally, Prissy. I suppose the only natural nighttime light would have to be the moon! :)