Electronic devices are wonderful inventions and on so many levels have improved the quality of our lives in so many ways. Televisions, IPads, IPods, mobile phones, laptops and desktops are all examples of current electronic devices found in most homes.
We are surrounded with so many gadgets that have basically become indispensable to our daily lives. Despite the convenience that technology provides us there can be an important detriment to us.
All this technology can negatively impact our sleep. Each year the National Sleep Foundation surveys Americans to find out important facts about our sleep.
The 2011 poll found that sixty percent of Americans use electronic devices before going to bed. There are two ways that electronic device impact our sleep. One is behavioral and the other is physiological.
You can probably figure out the behavioral impact technology has on shortening our sleep time.
We stay up watching TV or using the computer for work, play or listening to music instead of getting into bed and going to sleep. People leave their phones on and are awakened from sleep by phone calls and text messages, which reduces the quality of sleep as well as the length of sleep each night.
The physiological reason that electronic devices can be detrimental is because they stop the natural process of sleep. The light from electronic devices actually stimulates your brain and makes it harder to relax, not easier.
The light stimulates the cones and rods to suppress a hormone called melatonin. Melatonin is necessary to tell you brain to go to sleep and promote restful deep sleep.
Why do we care about getting enough sleep? Simple sleep is the time when our body repairs and restores itself from daily activities or chronic problems.
When we are deprived of sleep over a period of several days to several weeks it can impact our well-being to varying degrees.