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Sleep and Technology Don't Mix: Why You Need to Set an Electronic Curfew

Using Electronic Gadgets

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  • 95 percent of Americans use an electronic device within one hour of going to sleep, which could be interfering with their body’s circadian rhythm
  • Exposure to even small amounts of light from a television, your computer, tablet, or smartphone can interfere with your body’s production of melatonin, which helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle
  • People who use their computer for playing, surfing, or reading on the Web, or those who use their smartphones for the same purpose, as well as texting, are more likely to report symptoms of insomnia
  • People exposed to radiation from their mobile phones for three hours before bedtime had more trouble falling asleep and staying in a deep sleep
  • Turn off electronic gadgets at least an hour prior to bedtime, and install a low-wattage yellow, orange, or red light bulb if you need a source of light for navigation at night

By Dr. Mercola

About 95 percent of Americans use an electronic device within one hour of going to sleep, according to a National Sleep Foundation poll. Furthermore, nearly all adults (89 percent) and the majority of children (75 percent) have at least one electronic device, such as a television, tablet, or smartphone, in their bedrooms.


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