Scary Ways Technology Affects Your Sleep

electronic gadgetsElectronic gadgets such as the mobile phones, computers and tablets are very much part of our lives. It is therefore very difficult for some people to put down their devices at whatever time of day even when they get into bed. It is funny how some people will fall asleep with the devices right by their side in bed.

Technology is generally disruptive and it has not spared sleep. Technology will affect our sleep in more ways than we can ever imagine. We could be restricting ourselves from getting adequate sleep through activities such as surfing the internet, playing games either on a laptop or on your cell phone, use of the phone while in bed, and many other uses that the electronic devices allow. All these technology habits should be stopped to encourage quality sleep.

Let us get to find out how these electronic devices disrupt sleep:

The electronic devices which include the cell phones, computers and television sets emit blue light on their screens. The blue light affects the production of melatonin, which is the hormone that regulates the circadian rhythm also referred to as the sleep-wake cycle. Lower melatonin production will bring about the inability to fall asleep as well as the inability to stay asleep. It has been discovered that a majority of people admit to using an electronic device an hour before bedtime. To ensure that you are getting quality and sufficient sleep every night, make the bedroom a gadget free zone and limit the use of the electronic devices to at least thirty minutes before getting into bed to gain some transition time.

The electronic gadgets will stimulate the brain and keep it active. Some people will think that it will serve them well if they watch a movie or when they work away at some emails. Keeping the mind active through tasks that are completed using the devices, confuses the brain to remain awake and active even when it is time to sleep. The activities make it very difficult to relax since the brain requires some time to unwind and eventually fall asleep.

Lastly, the electronic devices will disrupt sleep or even wake you up entirely. Having the mobile phone in the bedroom even when you are not using it does not mean that it will not disrupt sleep. The electronic gadgets such as a cell phone will ring or vibrate late into the night from calls, emails, texts, and even reminders interfering with your sleep.

A study has indicated that about 72 percent of the children aged between six and 17 years sleep with at least one electronic device in their bedrooms. The effect is that the children get less sleep on school nights compared with other children who do not have any electronic device in the bedroom. To help the children to get a better night’s sleep, parents should ensure that their children do not use these gadgets in the bedroom. The parents should be good role models and avoid the use of these gadgets right before bedtime and in the bedroom.

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Somnowell Inventor - Visiting Professor Simon Ash FDS MSc MOrth BDS

Prof. Ash is the inventor of the highly successful SOMNOWELL Chrome device for snoring and sleep apnoea.

The Somnowell Chrome is made to exacting standards in the Somnowell laboratory under the supervision of Visiting Professor Simon Ash. Prof. Ash and his master technicians create each Somnowell Chrome device using their wealth of experience and expertise.

Prof. Ash works at the forefront of his profession. He is a Consultant and Specialist Orthodontist with over 30 years clinical experience, with a special interest in sleep related breathing disorders, TMJD, and bruxism. He currently works in Harley Street London and two private hospitals in London as part of a multi-disciplinary team managing snoring and sleep apnoea, and is Visiting Professor of Orthodontics at the BPP University.