Some habits help you increase productivity, keep relationships and stay healthy. But some, the bad habits, hurt you in different ways. Using your smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other such electronic devices with LED screens in bed just before you sleep off fall in the category of bad habits.
Manufacturers of these devices, make the blue light to emit at high levels to ensure the screens are bright enough for users can read their messages even when the sun is shining at its peak. However, being regularly exposed to this light at a close range, as when stream videos on your smartphone at night while in bed is a bad idea.
Researchers have linked nighttime exposure to this blue light to serious physical and mental health problems. This means if you want to live health and long, you might have to stop taking your smartphone or tablet to bed. Keep them away; responding to those messages can wait.
An article written by, Kevin Loria and Skye Gould, published by Business Insider highlights studies that have shown that at night, people’s brains gets confused by bright light, which beams from smartphones. The light causes the brain to stop producing melatonin, a hormone that gives your body the “time to sleep” cues.
This means that the light from your smartphone can disrupt your natural sleep cycle, making it harder for you to fall and stay asleep. And this is potentially harmful, causing serious health problems on a long run.
Experts say when your melatonin levels and sleep cycle is significantly disrupted, habitually, you stand the risk succumbing to a wide range of ailments, from depression to cancer.
Apart from abstaining, avoiding the exposure to the electronic devices’ blue light at night, the most fundamental solution to the problem is dimming your screen light once it is becomes dark.