Your Smartphone Is Spoiling Your Sleep

Posted: Nov 10 2016, 7:39am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

Your Smartphone is Spoiling Your Sleep
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  • Science lends its Final Verdict on Smartphones causing Insomnia
 

Science has lent its final verdict on smartphones causing insomnia. Indeed, they are one of the culprits behind not getting a restful night of shuteye.

The more time you spend on a smartphone, the more difficulty you will have getting some solid Z’s. A novel study shows this with crystal clear evidence.

Those people who used their smartphones during the month didn’t get a lot of quality sleep throughout the designated period. As for those who put off using their smartphones for long periods of time, they slept like a log. 

Also individuals who used their smartphones right before they went to bed took longer to fall asleep, according to a new study published recently in the journal PLOS ONE.

The deleterious effects on sleep were definitely there. It seems that technology increases one’s anxiety despite making life physically easier for humankind.

Over 653 adults were requested in the experiment to add an application to their Android phones. This app recorded with fidelity for how long a duration the smartphone was turned on.

After a month, the researchers collected the information from the smartphones of the study subjects. Also the lifestyle and health markers of the participants were noted down, according to LiveScience.

A questionnaire regarding the sleep schedules of the individuals was also given to them to fill out. The average time spent on smartphones was about an hour and a half.

There were no links between smartphone use and physical activity levels. Nevertheless, smartphone activity showed a crucial link with sleeplessness.

Not only was smartphone usage linked with insomnia but it was also connected to a shorter time span of sleep and greater time taken to fall asleep.

Also sleep efficiency was reduced as a result of smartphone activity. This meant that there was a great deal of discrepancy between the time spent in bed and the time spent sleeping. 

The exposure window near bedtime was especially important. If it was minimized, the person slept soundly. Yet if it was extended, the result was that sleep quality was badly affected.

The last hour before sleep was especially very important since it should not be spent on one’s smartphone. The hour before this hour didn’t matter as much.

The blue light from the screen is simply not good for the brain waves and cognitive health. This blue light decreases the body’s production of melatonin which is the sleep hormone.

The smartphone companies are looking into the matter and Apple Incorporated is even thinking of starting a “Night Shift” feature in its iPhones.

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