Cell phones and electronics take over our lives, but health experts say they are also ruining our sleep. Studies show iPhone screens not only disturb your sleep, but they can keep you from falling asleep.
Debra Peck, a sleep medicine nurse practitioner with Lee Health, says patients should not use any electronic device one hour before bed. “That’s really when it becomes a problem is when you’re not going to bed and leaving the gadgets alone.”
Peck says the light administered from the screens can keep your brain awake. “It actually admits a light and the light is disruptive in our sleep. One reason is because the one light that is on a lot of our gadgets actually was originally created so we could use our gadgets in the sunlight. It actually promotes wakefulness.”
Peck says our brains see the light as sunlight, which diminishes our natural sleep aid, melatonin. When we check out phone before bed, it alerts our brain to stay awake. “If you ever go to bed and you have your TV on but you have the volume down, in the middle of the night if you wake up your brain has sensed the light and that wakes you up.”
She encourages patients to turn off the TV and put down the electronics. Instead, read a book 30 minutes before bed. “It calms our brain down and there’s no light on it—just an old fashioned book.”
Peck says keep your phone in another room, if possible. If it has to be in your bedroom turn it off and flip it upside down. “It’s definitely a bad habit.”
A bad habit that can be broken to give you a better night’s sleep.
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