For a while, we’ve heard reports about the disadvantages of lying in bed with your Smartphone. Now, a new study claims that the actual light from your phone may affect how well you sleep.
Getting Tucked In
After a long day, you crawl under the covers, and you hope you’ll sleep through the night, undisturbed, and wake feeing rejuvenated and chipper. Honestly, how often does that happen? For the sake of our good health, a proper, restful night’s sleep (every night, if possible) is imperative.
There are so many variables that can interrupt a sound snooze. Does your partner snore? Do you have young children? Are you under a lot of stress?
Preparing your environment before shutting your eyes for the night is important. That includes:
-feeling comfy in your clothing, if any
-meditating or taking deep breaths to release the stress of the day
-turning off the TV
-saving the page in your book
-DON’T look at your Smartphone for at least a half an hour before planning to sleep
New Smartphone-Sleep Research
A recent study suggests that the light from Smartphones, especially before bedtime, is associated with how well and how long you sleep. Or, unfortunately, in other words, the light may be associated with how poorly you sleep.
The study included 650 adults over a period of a month. Their Smartphone use was recorded using an app that kept track of all their screen time. Their sleep quality and sleep hours were also recorded.
The lead author of the study reported results, “Those with more screen-time exhibit shorter sleep and reduced sleep quality. Increased screen-time just around bedtime, in particular, was strongly associated with poor-quality sleep.”
Bottom Bunk Line
Our ability to acquire a good night’s sleep is lessened after we’ve been on screens all day. The light from our Smartphone overstimulates the brain and increases the chance that we won’t get solid rest—especially if we’re checking it immediately before slumber time.
So what if I don’t sleep well? Here’s what. You leave yourself open to a weakened immune system. Your brain isn’t half as sharp as it could be. Health problems such as obesity, diabetes, and depression have been linked to chronic sleep disturbance.
Chicken or the Egg?
The one thing the researchers couldn’t conclude was the chicken or the egg theory. Which comes first? Did a participant lose sleep because he was his on his phone late, right before bed? Or, did the participant already have insomnia tendencies, thus checking his phone because he couldn’t sleep?
Regardless of the eventual findings through further study, the most important element is that we get enough rest, every night. The quality of our sleep directly affects the quality of our health. In the meanwhile, shut down the screen and replace it with some good ole sheep counting. For other stories about sleep, health, and up-to-date studies, have a gander at www.GetThrive.com