Today, we are fully immersed in technology. From the mobile phones, laptops, tablets, smartphones to computers, cars, lighting and other electronic devices we use daily. This however, wasn’t the case decades ago. People today are even so addicted to the technology that they cannot do without their devices. For instance, there are people who can’t sleep without their phones. There are those that can’t spend more than 5 minutes without peeking into their phones. However, using these electronic gadgets during the sleep time at night can cause serious damage to one’s health. From making one dull, lowering eye vision to reduced immunity system and so many other bad consequences. Straight forward, we look into the adverse effects of technology on sleep.
How Technology Affects Sleeping Pattern?
1. Reduced melatonin
The blue light emitted by screens on cell phones, computers, tablets, television screens etc. restrain the production of melatonin, which is a hormone that controls the sleep/wake cycle or the circadian rhythm. Reduction in melatonin makes it hard for you to fall asleep and to stay asleep and lack of enough sleep has negative effects to your body.
2. They keep the brain alert
Much as you may think that keeping your brain alert at night time is cool. You should know that it’s actually lame. Using electronic gadgets at the time of sleep makes your brain more alert. This isn’t helpful in any way for a good night’s sleep. Using your devices at the time of sleep only tricks your brain into thinking that it should stay awake. This in turn makes it hard for you to relax your mind and slumber. It’s always advised to give our minds time to unwind. This is because it isn’t good to keep spending all time surrounded by technology. And by that, I mean the stuff you always like watching, surfing web the phone 24/7, playing addictive games etc.
Without enough sleep, you will surely have weird body experiences, such as dullness, anger, tiredness, lethargy etc. the lack of sufficient sleep also has an effect on the normal functioning of the different body organs. It deteriorates the functioning of such body organs. In this case, you should refrain yourself from using your gadgets at sleep time and just calm the body and mind. This will surely help you out with good sleep and prevent you from having all those effects of lacking enough sleep.
4. Mental disorders
During sleep, the body activities go on, growth related activities such as formation of new cells etc. takes place in the body. Therefore, it’s good to always have a good night’s sleep. A person who doesn’t get enough sleep required by the body, usually starts to develop symptoms of depression, anxiety, inability to concentrate, confusion, headaches, etc. so you better stop depriving yourself of enough sleep or else you will be in big trouble.
Just so you can have a good night sleep, here are some tips to use to have a good night sleep.
- Carry out some activities that calm the mind like prayer or meditation.
- Keep your gadgets like phone in another to charge as you also get some rest.
- Switch off all kinds of electronic devices that may distract you an hour prior to going to bed.
As we all know, too much of anything can be devastating, including too much use of our electronic devices. I would love to know your thoughts on this. Just let me know all you have to say in our comments section.