This chart explains how your gadgets are destroying your sleep
How many times have you been up late at night, following a riveting new thread on Facebook. Or maybe there’s some breaking news on Twitter that you just can’t tear yourself away from. Oh, and maybe I could just send that urgent email before I go to bed…. This is a common phenomenon for millions of people around the world.
But even for a gadget freak like me, I was surprised to learn of a new study which said that a staggering 90% of young people (18-29 year olds) sleep with their smartphones next to them.
Whilst it may seem like a harmless activity, the intrusion of gadgets into the bedroom can cause numerous problems for both your psychological and physical well being.
It’s easy to become addicted to the constant barrage of media, message, images and videos on tap 24/7. But doing this before you go to bed can overstimulate you at a time when your mind needs to wind down. This can cause disruption to your sleep cycles and affect your health in the long term.
Additionally, the blue light emitted from screens stops your brain from producing melatonin, the hormone that is released at night to help you regulate your sleep. In effect, by exposing yourself to screen time before bed, you’re signalling your body to wake up rather than fall asleep.
So here’s a cool infographic from the folks at http://www.onlinepsychologydegree.net/ that illustrates all the ways that your gadgets could be keeping you awake at night.