Posted on May 24, 2019, 3 p.m.
About one third of all American adults are not getting enough sleep according to the CDC, sleep disorders are becoming a growing epidemic around the world. Most people point to a racing mind or busy schedules, but many experts believe sleep issues are getting worse due to use of wireless technology, specifically at night.
9 in 10 people admit to using electronic devices within one hour before bedtime at least a few nights a week. Most people are not aware that the artificial light produced by such devices can interrupt natural sleep cycles which will affect quality and quantity of sleep. Poor sleep can lead to fatigue and serious health consequences like weight gain, adrenal fatigue, and heart problems.
The body’s circadian rhythm is responsible for regulating sleep, this is directly affected by exposure to artificial lighting, electronic devices contain LED blue lighting which is known to be disruptive to natural sleep cycles. The body interprets artificial light in a similar manner as it does daylight, and using electronics after sundown can suppress melatonin production which contributes to sleep regulation. When melatonin levels are low it can lead to development of a sleep disorder that causes difficulty falling to sleep, staying asleep, or getting enough quality sleep.
Low melatonin levels and lack of sleep are associated with more than just drowsiness, it has been linked to higher risk of cancer, compromised immunity, diabetes, and heart disease. Additionally those who don’t get enough sleep are more prone to vehicle accidents and depression.
Unplugging yourself from communication devices that produce artificial light may be the answer to a better night’s sleep rather than reaching for a pill or using caffeine to make up for the lack of sleep.
Avoid using tablets, using cell phones, or watching tv the last few hours before going to bed. Try hard wiring your wireless technology to reduce exposure to microwave radiation which can place stress on cell function. It may be best to remove all types of media from the bedroom including the tv. Try to darken the room with dark curtains and/or an eye mask, and sometimes a nice relaxing warm bath can help to send you off to slumberland.
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