We’re all guilty of it, spending countless hours staring at our phones in bed as we try and fall asleep.
In today’s society, our phones are the most important tangible objects of our life. We hold all our important information on them, from our work emails to financial statements, and we will go pretty far to keep them safe and in working order at all times. The importance we’ve given to our phones has driven designers to engineer the most powerful hand held devices imaginable, with screens so bright that we can even see them during a sunny day. But at what cost are we willing to pay for a convenient viewing experience?
Human beings have acclimated to organically follow a cycle that helps us remain awake and alert during the day which helps us get essential rest at night. But research has shown that staring at your bright screen as you’re ready to go to sleep can confuse your brain, preventing the production of melatonin, a hormone that gives your body “time to sleep” cues. Think of melatonin disruption by smartphone light as a sort of artificially induced jet lag. After nights of continual bed phone use, you may find it harder and harder to fall asleep – potentially causing some major health problems along the way.
Here’s what was found: