Getting a good night’s sleep is important for feeling energized, alert, and content every day. Spending too much time looking at cell phones, laptops, tablets, and other screen-based gadgets can significantly impact sleep quality, especially if done too close to bedtime. Here’s a look at the science behind too much screen time and its effects on sleep and serenity.
Screens Suppress Melatonin
The screens on all of our most commonly used gadgets emit what’s called “blue light,” which has a very short wavelength and produces a high amount of energy. Blue light is responsible for the suppression of melatonin, the hormone that controls the body’s circadian rhythm, also known as the sleep/wake cycle. When melatonin production is reduced and the sleep/wake cycle is disrupted, even the world’s most comfortable mattress won’t make it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Stimulated Brains Stay Active Longer
It may be part of your routine to check into social media, read the news, or watch a few funny videos right before bed, but all that late-night screen time diminishes your sense of serenity right when you need it most. That’s because bright screens keep the brain engaged, making it harder to mentally relax and unwind when you’re finally ready to drift off to sleep. Having at least 30 screen-free minutes before bed can impact how quickly and comfortably you fall asleep.
Technology Doesn’t Sleep
Even if you avoid too much direct screen viewing at bedtime, simply having gadgets too close to the bed can impact how well you sleep. There’s always the chance that a text, call, or email will arrive, and even if the interruption doesn’t wake you, it can still disturb the serenity of a resting brain. So unless you’re waiting for a very important phone call or message, it’s better for your sleep quality to sleep with the gadgets turned off.
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