We’ve all had those nights where it seemed impossible to go to sleep, so we scrolled down out timelines and feeds looking for some entertainment. But, that could be the very reason why your sleep is off. In a CNN article, clinical psychologist, Michael Breus, examines how using technology within an hour before going to bed can disrupt your sleep cycle and have you waking up in the middle of the night.
The article starts with a statistic from the National Sleep Foundation that sights approximately 95% of American’s use electronic devices at least an hour before going to sleep. Those electronics can range from phones, tablets, televisions and more. The study also shows that 89% of adults and 75% of children have one electronic device in their bedrooms, so yes using your cell phone as an alarm clock counts. But, the issue with having electronics in your bedroom says Breus is that being when they are left on, the light and noises coming from the devices can disturb sleep cycles and shift sleep related hormone levels. And playing games to help you sleep doesn’t help either, they keep your mind running longer.
Children can also feel the effects of using electronics, especially TV, before bed. The quality of sleep is not as good and they sleep less. One solution for those who like to watch TV while falling asleep is the sleep timer that is found on most TVs today. Also switching to an old fashioned alarm clock and trying to cut back or completely off your technology an hour before bed.