Do you wake up tired, or can’t get to sleep that well at night? Well using electronic devices like watching TV, using the computer and playing video games in the hour before you go to bed may be causing you to lose sleep. Well that is all according to a new survey. The survey suggest that by spending the hour before you go to bed in front of the electronic glow of a computer, TV, or cell phone screens is hurting you.
The survey studied 1,508 people from age 13 to 64. While the survey didn’t confirm that bright light disrupts your sleep schedule, but they do suggest an “electronic curfew” an hour before bedtime. So that means no checking email, playing video games, watching late-night TV. None of that if you want to get a good night’s rest.
Falling asleep isn’t like flicking a switch. We don’t put our heads on the pillow and fall off to sleep. We take time to wind down at night. If we’ve got bright light conditions, we’re not giving ourselves a chance to get off to sleep and stay asleep.
The survey did however find that 63% of American’s aren’t getting enough sleep. 95% of the people surveyed said they used some form of electronic device before they went to sleep at least a few nights a week. The problem is that light exposure before bed can disrupt body rhythms and suppress the release of the hormone melatonin, which promotes sleep.
Now the survey does not confirm 100% that using electronic devices an hour before bed time will hurt your sleep routine.
No one’s proven it yet, but it seems more than tempting to speculate fairly strongly.
So if you are wanting to get more sleep at night, you may want to cut out use of electronic devices before bed, or dim your lights on your devices at night. While it is probably going to be impossible for people to cut the use of these things out of their nightly life, this study may change the minds of some people.
So let’s do our own crude survey here. Do you use any electronic device right before you go to sleep? If you do, do you feel you get enough sleep, or could you use more?