Why You Shouldn’t Use Your Smartphone Before Bed!
Staff Writer / 23-08-2019 / Tips
Bedtime may seem like the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends on social media, check your email or perhaps squeeze in an episode or two of your favourite Netflix show, but using your smartphone or tablet in bed can affect your overall health. Various studies, including one by Harvard researchers, suggest that extensive use of your smartphone before bedtime may have an adverse effect on your overall health. Here are just some of the reasons why you should ditch your smartphone before going to bed:
Loss of Sleep
Sleep deprivation can lead to a host of health problems such as heart disease and weight gain, not to mention fatigue and loss of concentration. Studies have shown that people who are exposed to the blue light emitted from phone and tablet screens take 10 minutes longer to fall asleep than those who read a book. In fact, reading a good old-fashioned print book in bed may help you fall asleep faster.
Exposure to blue light at night can be harmful to your eyesight. Most devices emit blue light, and while some smartphones come with a blue light filter, some may not. Some studies claim that prolonged exposure can irritate and strain the eyes, and while it hasn’t yet been proven, some claim there may be a possible link between blue light exposure and various eye conditions. Still, it’s better to safe than sorry.
Weakened Immune System
Your body produces a hormone called melatonin, which is responsible for regulating your sleep cycle and promoting a deep, restorative sleep. Apart from this, it’s also a powerful antioxidant which helps the body fight ailments. Even low levels of light can decrease the production of melatonin, weakening your immune system and leaving you more susceptible to illnesses. Therefore, it’s advised to sleep in total darkness and to avoid looking at your smartphone before bed, especially in a dark environment.
While it’s great to stay in the loop, just remember your health is more important than catching up with friends and the latest news on social media and WhatsApp. Sweet dreams!