Technology is it keeping you awake?

 

How many times have you been up late at night, following an exciting new thread on Facebook. Or maybe there’s some breaking news on Twitter that you just can’t tear yourself away from. This is a common situation for millions of people around the world.

But even for a gadget freak like me. I was surprised to learn of a new study which said that an astounding 90% of young people sleep with their smartphones next to them.

While it may seem like a harmless activity. The intrusion of gadgets into the bedroom can cause numerous problems, for both your psychological and physical well being.

It’s easy to become addicted to the constant flood of media, message, and videos that are available 24/7. But doing this before you go to bed can overstimulate you at a time when your mind needs to wind down. This can cause disruption to your sleep cycles and affect your health in the long term.

Additionally, the blue light emitted from screens stops your brain from producing melatonin. The hormone that is released at night to help you regulate your sleep. In effect, by exposing yourself to screen time before bed, you’re signalling your body to wake up rather than fall asleep.