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The influence of red light on your child's sleep

Do you have a child who has trouble sleeping? Then of course you want to solve this as quickly as possible. One of the solutions is to use a night light with a red light. A nightlight with red light is the best choice for bedtime because, unlike blue light, it has little to no impact on the production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep. Read on to learn more about the effect of red light on your baby's sleep.

What color night light helps your baby to fall asleep?

If you are looking for a night light for your child, it is best to choose a night light with a red light. Red light is important for babies because it stimulates the production of the sleep hormone melatonin.

Why a night light with red light?

Research by the Amsterdam UMC shows that red light has a positive effect on the production of melatonin. This hormone has a very important role in the sleep rhythm. This ensures that you become sleepy when it gets dark. Unlike blue light from smartphones and television, red light promotes a good night of sleep.

Why you shouldn't use blue light for sleeping?

Phones, tablets and television screens: you will find blue light in all these sources. And that means it tells your brain that you're just starting the day. The morning always starts with a lot of blue light, because the sky outside has a more blue tint, which is invigorating. It wakes up your brain, which then produces certain hormones. It therefore inhibits the production of melatonin. In the evening the air outside takes on a more red glow, which in turn stimulates the sleep hormone.

What is a good night light for children?

Choose a night light with red light and avoid other colors such as orange, blue or pink for a good night's sleep. A night light with a timer can also be a good choice. This way your child can fall asleep peacefully with the red light and the room will automatically become completely dark after the night light switches off. Take a good look at what works best for your child. Some children prefer if there is still a small light on when they wake up in the middle of the night, this can give them a safe feeling.

A night light for feeding

When you have to nurse at night, it is better to use a night light that is not to bright, to encourage your baby to go right back to sleep. This way you and your baby can stay a little sleepy. A rhe red light helps to ensure that the melatonin in your body and that of your baby is stimulated.

Do you also want to know more about the effect of white noise and heartbeat sounds on your child's sleep? Read our blog about the heartbeat comforters and the music box.