As someone who is constantly searching for more sleep, I want to share this bit of information my doctor passed along to me last month.
I’d been having even more trouble sleeping than normal, waking up several times a night, and not just to go to the bathroom or because my shoulder ached. When I told my doc, she asked if I spent much time before bed in front of a backlit electronic device in a darkened room.
Um, yeah. I used my Ipad every night, watching various shows on Netflix. She told me there’s been a huge increase in sleep disorders over the past few years because of tablets, phones, etc.
Why? Because staring at those backlit devices in the dark essentially triggers your brain into thinking it’s day time, and you wind up napping instead of sleeping. She said it’s fine to read before bed, but with muted lamp light. Don’t just rely on the back light of your eReader. Television in darkened rooms isn’t as bad because we aren’t sitting right on top of the TV.
I was skeptical but also desperate. So I gave up the iPad at night, and guess what? Within a few weeks, my sleeping returned to my level of normal. Now, if I’m on my computer at night, I make sure I’ve got the lamp on. Same with texting. An no iPad at bedtime. All of these changes have helped me a lot, and I wanted to pass them on to you all.
Do you use backlit electronic devices at night? Have you noticed trouble sleeping?
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