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How Screen Exposure Before Bedtime Is Killing You

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Studies state that the blue light from electronic screens suppresses melatonin production, which can lead to disturbed sleep and even cancer. Other ailments include obesity, mood swings, depression, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Switch off all light emitting electronics before bed, even the slightest light can affect melatonin production.

 

Curejoy Expert Dipti Mothay Explains:

Research suggests that using screens before bedtime not only disrupts the sleep patterns, but it could be more dangerous than anticipated.
According to research study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. “Reading from an iPad before bed not only makes it harder to fall asleep, but also impacts how sleepy and alert you are the next day. This study, published in the journal proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , said the findings could impact anyone who uses an eReader, laptop, smartphone, or certain TVs before bed.

How reading on a screen before bed could be Detrimental to Your Health?

Research has shown that blue light makes you more alert and suppresses your melatonin (a key hormone in the body’s clock, or circadian system, that tells your body that it is night, helping to make you sleepy), thus hurting your quality of sleep. Chronic suppression of melatonin has also been associated with increased risk of certain cancers.
According to a study, people using electronic devices took longer to fall asleep each night and also spent less time in REM sleep (the phase that helps restore and recharge the body). Not getting enough sleep or obtaining poor quality sleep has been linked to other health problems such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Exposure to even dim light at night, such as a glowing TV screen, could prompt changes in your brain that lead to mood disorders including depression.

Recommendations:

Avoid use of light-emitting screens before bedtime .For those who must use computers or other light-emitting devices in the evening, software or other technology that filters out the blue light may help.
Proper sleep hygiene (the recommended behavioral and environmental practice that is intended to promote better quality sleep) should be maintained.