Electronic devices and their impact on Sleep
It may seem harmless to see a few emails before bed or unwind with a new movie, but by keeping your brain engaged, technology can trick your mind into thinking that it needs to stay awake. True? Our cell phones, tablets, computers and other electronic gadgets have become such a huge part of our daily lives that it is often hard to put them down. Did you know that using your smartphone or tablet before bed could affect your sleep? Here is what you and your kids can do to help ensure a good night's rest.
Studies have proved that even the small electronic devices emit sufficient light to miscue our brain and promote wakefulness. Children and teens are particularly susceptible. In a recent study, researchers found a connection between sleep problems and online browsing. Students who text for longer durations in the dark sleep only for a few hours and thus remain sleepy during the day. The negative effect of technology on quality of sleep of many teenagers - who continue to text at night after they have switched out the lights - should not be ignored.
Not getting enough sleep is a big problem. When sleep is delayed but rising time is not, you look dull. So the idea that phones and other electronic devices have disturbed centuries of blissful slumber is somewhat critical. Of course, we rely on technology to make life better. But one domain where it might be making things worse for us is the land of sleep.
Smartphones do seem to be having an impact on how well we snooze. Whether you are surfing the web, playing a video game, or using Facebook messenger in the late evening, you are probably missing a restful night. For your knowledge, smartphones and tablets disrupt sleep because they emit what is known as "blue" light. The blue light emitted by screens on cell phones, laptops and televisions restrain the production of melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep/wake cycle.
To cap it all, it's best to ditch any devices at least 30 minutes before bed. Your bedroom should be dedicated to one thing: sleeping!