Is Technology Ruining Your Sleeping Pattern?

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Technology has gradually taken over our lives, with the majority of us using mobile phones whilst in bed. This is very different to watching television in bed as your mobile screen is directly in front of your eyes. The blue light is what has a negative effect on your sleeping pattern. But considering that 80% of the world’s population has a mobile phone, it is important that you understand the dangers of using technology in bed.

What Is Blue Light?

Blue light is an alternative name to the artificial light that is transmitted from screens. Exposure to this artificial light during the evening and at night can actually affect the brain cells that help promote feelings of sleepiness, as well the “sleep hormone” melatonin. They can even stimulate the brain cells that are linked to alertness.

What Are The Effects of Blue Light?

Darkness naturally hints to our bodies that it’s time to sleep. However, this is combated against with the increased use of mobile devices late at night. These screens give off short wavelengths (blue light) which our eyes are a lot more sensitive to. It’s these bright screens, especially once the lights are out, which can cause us to struggle to get to sleep even after finally putting our them down for the night.

Alternatives to Technology

We may be fairly familiar with watching television in bed, catching up on the latest Netflix series on our iPads or just browsing Twitter on your smartphones. But how did people cope before all of this technology was around? They would read a book (not an Ebook). This is not only beneficial for your brain, it can also ease you into a relaxed state, providing you are reading a book that isn’t too intense.

Summary

Overall, we would suggest that you avoid staring at a screen within the last hour of going to bed. Instead, you should read a book or do a puzzle. We hope you found this advice useful, let us know if you use your mobile phone before sleeping in the comments section below.

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