Light Pollution, Sleep Deprivation, and Infant Health at Birth

  title={Light Pollution, Sleep Deprivation, and Infant Health at Birth},
  author={Laura M. Argys and Susan L Averett and Muzhe Yang},
  journal={Political Economy - Development: Health eJournal},
This is the first study that uses a direct measure of skyglow, an important aspect of light pollution, to examine its impact on infant health at birth. We find evidence of reduced birth weight, shortened gestational length and even preterm births. Specifically, increased nighttime brightness, characterized by being able to see only one-third to one-fourth of the stars that are visible in the absence of artificial light, is associated with an increase in the likelihood of a preterm birth by as… 
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In healthy pregnant participants sleep in the third trimester was preserved quite well, and the data suggest that evening light exposure was related to shorter sleep duration among pregnant women.


Notes: An increase in NELM means a darker sky. The estimation sample includes live and singleton births from 2011 to 2015. Standard errors
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