Health, Kids & Teens, Sleep, Stress

Why Blu Ray Technology seriously affects SLEEP

Studies suggest over 60% of people spend more than 6 hours a day looking at digital devices

Other than sugar, caffeine and drugs the biggest causes of over stimulation today and stress today is technology especially artificial BLUE RAY exposure.

Blue light in its natural state in day light can increase mood, encourage a healthy sleep cycle and improve our our sense of physical, mental and emotional well-being. But Blue Light in its artificial state e.g. Blu Ray in technological devices could suggest a rather different and alarming story to our health and well-being especially as more and more electrical devices are using artifical blue light. It is now the LED light emitting device used in mobile phones, computers, ipads, fluorescent lighting… In its un-natural state it It is particularly harmful at night when it seriously affects our circadian rhythm; our sleep and wake cycles which as a huge knock on effect to our health and well-being. These short, flickering, high frequency glares at night don’t just seriously affect our sleep cycles, but can cause serious stress and over stimulation to the mind, body and emotions affecting concentration, they also are a main cause of mental tiredness, strain on the eyes and neck in-fact long-term use is said to lead to possible damage to the retina even sight loss and carry an increase risk of depression and other mental health challenges and cognitive functioning.

Interestingly a harvard research showed that exposure to blue ray lighting for 6.5 hours suppressed melatonin for approx 3 hours. With so many children being prescribed melatonin for sleep difficulties could in-fact the answer be much more simpler less exposure to BLUE RAY.

It is estimated that 3/4 of teenagers are exposed regularly to some sort online technological device such as a mobile, ipad, computer, more and more children suffer fatigue, poor concentration, anxiety stress, poor sleep patterns and clear over stimulation. One study infact suggested kids spent more than 7 hours a day watching electrical entertainment.

A neuroscientist demonstrates further research on reading at night from LED’s “Participants who read on light-emitting devices took longer to fall asleep, had less REM sleep [the phase when we dream] and had higher alertness before bedtime [than those people who read printed books]. We also found that after an eight-hour sleep episode, those who read on the light-emitting device were sleepier and took longer to wake up.” Q&A: Why Is Blue Light before Bedtime Bad for Sleep?

To encourage Healthier Sleep patterns reduced exposure to technology late at night is a must. To ease the body back into a more natural circadian rhythm the body must learn to relax and unwind. Here is some Top Tops to Encourage Healthier Sleep with Natural Alternatives to Sleep Medication

4 thoughts on “Why Blu Ray Technology seriously affects SLEEP

    1. Hi Emma
      I think most of us including kids are probably getting too much blu ray exposure, we rely on this type of technology for so much of our daily living activities, education and entertainment 🙂

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