The smartphones we know and love and can’t imagine ourselves living without them are designed to emit a blue light, in order to help us better read from the screen, even in the sunniest days.
This light imitates the sun and it confuses our brain, often making us think that it is day even at night. This is one of the main reasons why experts highly recommend we avoid using smartphones, tablets, computers and TV’s before going to bed.
A small organ located in our brain, by the name of pineal gland which produced melatonin, works a few hours before you go to bed. It has a photo-receptor called Melanopsin which is located in the retina ganglion cells, and reacts to blue light emitted from these electronic devices.
A number of studies have shown that cell-phone users have difficulties falling asleep, and teenagers are more prone to these effects than adults,, since the circadian rhythm shifts in adolescent years, and they stay more awake.
Health experts have advised to avoid using these devices before going to bed as it can cause a number of side-effects, one of them even being cancer. Another unfortunate fact is that most children nowadays grow up surrounded with these devices, meaning that their brains get 4 times more radiation than adults.
The Chinese even have a special name for this ‘electronic addiction’ which they consider an official clinical disorder.
They have also opened rehab centers which isolate young people from electronic devices in order to help them quit the addiction. We may not be able to offer you a rehab facility; however we will help you avoid the use of these electronic devices as much as we can, by suggesting a few simple rules you can implement in your daily life:
- Reduce the usage of electronic devices before bedtime, and turn them off.
- Try application such as f.lux, which change the screen’s display to be warm at night and bright during the day.
- They also have many rehab centers which isolate young people from electronic devices in order to help them quit that addiction. Yet, the effects of these centers are still not proven.
Implement these three rules to sleep better and avoid a number of health complications!