With the advent of mobile technology, the use of gadgets like smartphones and tablets has become more prevalent than ever. It’s safe to say that it has become a standard part of modern society. We have cultivated a dependence on these gadgets and while it certainly has a lot of benefits, it has its fair share of drawbacks as well. One such drawback is that using smartphones and tablets before sleep can actually deprive us of quality rest which can lead to detrimental long-term effects on your health.
Many of us like to take our smartphones and tablets to bed just so we can check email, browse social media accounts or play our favorite game. While this may sound harmless, you are in fact effectively sabotaging your sleep.
Affects Your Melatonin Production
Melatonin is the natural hormone that is responsible for the body’s sleep cycle – it’s essentially the chemical that makes you sleepy. By using smartphones and tablets prior to sleep, you are affecting how your body’s creates melatonin. The artificial blue light that comes from the gadget tricks the body that it’s still in the morning. This messes with your body’s circadian rhythm and it becomes very difficult to fall asleep.
Your Brain is Stimulated
Aside from negatively affecting melatonin production, using smartphones and tablets in bed also stimulates your brain. How many times have you found yourself still awake at 2 in the morning just because you got too preoccupied with browsing social media networks, chatting with a friend or loved one or playing a particularly addictive game? Using these gadgets will only stimulate your brain which makes it a lot more difficult to sleep.
Lose the Habit
We get it, smartphones and tablets have become such a part of our lifestyle that it kind of feels that we simply can’t do without them. However, using them before bedtime can wreak havoc to your sleeping habits. There is always a time and place of everything. This is one way of saying that your bed should only be associated with sleeping. Taking your phones and tablets to bed is highly considered a bad habit, especially with regards to getting quality sleep.
If you can’t help it, there are applications that adjust the color temperature of the screen in place of the bright, blue light. There is an app called f.lux that achieves this particular purpose.
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