Technology that 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 overstimulation and stress today is technology. Especially artificial BLUE RAY exposure. Blue light in its natural state in daylight can improve our sense of physical, mental and emotional well-being. Increase mood, encourage a healthy sleep cycle and
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 artificial blue light. It is now the LED light emitting device used in mobile phones, computers, i-pads, fluorescent lighting…
In its un-natural state, it is particularly harmful at night. Then it can seriously affect our circadian rhythm. Our sleep and wake cycles which as a huge knock-on effect on our health and well-being. These short, flickering, high-frequency glares at night don’t just seriously affect our sleep cycles.
Light emitting devices are a root cause of stress and over stimulation. They can affect concentration, be a cause 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. It also carries an increased risk of depression and other mental health challenges and cognitive functioning.
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 the answer be just less exposure to BLUE RAY devices.
We know most teenagers are exposed regularly to some sort of online technological device. With increased exposure to mobiles, i-pads, and computers. More and more children are suffering increased levels of fatigue, poor concentration, poor sleep patterns; clear over stimulation. One study in fact 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