Electronics Before Bed Are Inhibiting Your Sleep

By Gary Johnson - Mar 8, 2011

If you have trouble getting to sleep at night it could be due to watching too much TV, or staring at the computer screen just before you go to bed. According to a new study many people are not getting to sleep as they decide to spend time doing these things the hour before hitting the sack.

Randy Dotinga over at Yahoo News is reporting that the research doesn’t prove too much bright light before sleep just before disturbs sleep, but some experts are recommending an electronic curfew an hour before bedtime.

Sleep specialist Allison G. Harvey said “Falling asleep isn’t like flicking a switch. We don’t put our heads on the pillow and fall off to sleep “. It is recommended that people spend some time to relax and wind down before going to bed. The National Sleep Foundation’s annual Sleep in America polls have just been released.

Of the people surveyed 95% said they used an electronic device within the hour before bed on a few nights a week. Of the people aged between 30 and 64 two-thirds said they watched TV just before going to bed, but only half of younger people did the same. Those who were younger than 30 spent this time using their cell phones before turning in.

It is thought that light exposure may disrupt body rhythms and interrupt the release of the hormone melatonin; this is the hormone which helps the body to sleep. Sleep specialist Dr. Matt Travis Bianchi said the issue of light before sleep is complicated, and not all lights have the same affect.

Do you spend time watching TV or using a PC just before bedtime?

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