Tech in Bed

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The average American consumes over 11 hours of digital media per day.  The pervasiveness of media into our everyday lives has changed the way we approach every minute of every day.  Walk down the street in any major city and count how many people have earbuds in.  Better yet, count how many don’t, since you’ll probably have an easier time with that.  

The same goes for cell phones and televisions in the bedroom.  Most Americans play games on their smartphones or watch television in bed to help lull them to sleep, but science has shown that it actually has the reverse effect.  Doctors all over the country recognize that technology in the bedroom is the number one barrier to a good night’s sleep.  

The light from a smartphone screen can disrupt the brain’s production of melatonin, the hormone that helps you go to sleep.  Playing video games or responding to emails while laying in bed can stimulate your brain into activity when it should be gearing down for the night.  Watching that last episode of your favorite crime-busting detective team can make your brain produce cortisol, the stress hormone, and that will inhibit your ability to sleep soundly.

Technology addiction is a serious problem, and one that can drastically affect your ability to sleep.  We suggest you spend 20-30 minutes before bed without technology as a way to wind down.  Try it for a week and see if you’re not feeling significantly better rested.  

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By | 2017-02-06T16:11:35+00:00 October 22nd, 2015|

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