If your anything like me, or most of this generation you can be caught on your phone just before you go to bed. It seems logical that this isn’t great for us, and it’s made so much worse when I remember what I was doing on my phone in the first place. Scrolling through Facebook or LinkedIn, looking for a new pair of shoes, eyeing a sale on TheIconic, filtering through my work emails – all useless and lacking in importance. If I remind myself that this habit I have developed is hindering the fantastic benefits of sleep – I now must move to reconsider.
A Harvard Medical School study found that using a tablet e-reader not only affects how long it takes you to fall asleep, but leads to poor-quality sleep that costs you alertness the next morning.(1)
For five consecutive nights, 12 healthy young adults read for four hours on an iPad before going to bed. On a different five nights, they read a print book before going to bed. Researchers also reversed the order for different participants.
When participants read the e-book devices, they reported feeling drowsy the next day, it took them 10 minutes longer to fall asleep and they felt less sleepy one hour before bedtime. Furthermore, their levels of melatonin (the good stuff that helps us sleep – which we obtain from protein rich foods) was considerably low. The e-reader users complained that they took “hours longer to fully wake up” the next day and attain their normal level of alertness… Even if they had achieved a full eight hours of sleep.
The study was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and participants used Apple iPad tablets. But researchers say other light-emitting devices have the same negative effects. These include Kindles and other e-readers, cellphones, and computers.
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