Whether the difficulty is falling asleep or staying asleep, sleep disturbance has become a common complaint among many Americans. Although there are many different causes of sleep disturbance, we are seeing a correlation between increased stimulation through electronic devices and sleep disruption.
Electronics emit a blue hue that is similar to daylight. Reading from an iPad, eReader, laptop, smartphone or watching TV before bed not only makes it harder to fall asleep, but also impacts how alert you are the next day. A recent study also found that the glow from electronic devices passes through the retina into a part of the hypothalamus that suppresses the sleep-inducing hormone, melatonin.
Sleep is essential for a person’s health and well-being. A sleep deficit, or poor quality of sleep has been linked to other health problems like obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Here are a few tips that can improve the quality of your sleep and help you unplug before bed. You should also talk to your doctor if you are having difficulties with sleep to make sure there are not underlying medical conditions contributing to your sleep problems.
Tips For Healthier Sleep Habits:
-By Mallory Anderson, ND ('14) resident at Bastyr Center for Natural Health