Researchers Reveal Secret for Better Sleep

Thursday, 23 May 2013 08:11 AM

 

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
If you want to improve your sleep, a new report published in the journal Nature on Wednesday advises shutting off your tablet well before bedtime.
 
Night-time exposure to LED rays illuminating from tablets, computers, TVs, and smartphones can disrupt your body's natural rhythms, and raise your risk for not only sleep loss but health problems, the report said. Artificial light can prevent quality sleep by slowing the activity of neurons that induce sleep, activating those for wakefulness, and suppressing the sleep hormone melatonin.

"Technology has effectively decoupled us from the natural 24-hour day to which our bodies evolved, driving us to go to bed later," wrote lead author Dr. Charles Czeisler, of Harvard Medical School. "And we use caffeine in the morning to rise as early as we ever did, putting the squeeze on sleep."

"Many people are still checking email, doing homework or watching TV at midnight, with hardly a clue that it is the middle of the solar night," he added.

Czeisler claims that a decline in the number of hours slept per night brings a host of health risks, including obesity, diabetes, depression, and heart disease, as well as concentration problems in children.

A study from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Lighting Research Center found that looking at a backlit screen, like those on iPads and other tablets, can lead to sleeplessness. The findings were published last September in a recent issue of journal Applied Ergonomics.

© AFP/Relaxnews 2014

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

FDA Adds Warning Labels to Tanning Devices

Friday, 28 Nov 2014 09:22 AM

Early in 2014, the United States Food and Drug Administration moved tanning lamps into a new category of "moderately har . . .

15-Minute Test for Ebola

Friday, 28 Nov 2014 09:14 AM

A new test designed to rapidly diagnose Ebola virus infection is to be tried out at a treatment center for the disease i . . .

Yoga, Meditation Ease Arthritis Pain: Study

Friday, 28 Nov 2014 09:09 AM

A two-month program combining gentle yoga with meditation techniques,known as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, seemed . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved