Using Technology Before Bed Can Affect Sleep

Using Technology Before Bed Can Affect Sleep

There is a gland that is tucked up behind the thalamus gland in your brain. This gland, the pineal gland, has a very simple task. This task is to produce the sleep inducing hormone: melatonin. Melatonin is responsible for regulating sleep and it typically starts to kick in during the evening hours after sunset. It reaches an all time high in the middle of the night and tapers out before morning. When functioning properly, the pineal gland ensures that you get a good night’s rest and feel your best the next day.

Unfortunately, many people are used to using their technological gadgets before bed like tablets and smart phones. The glow from these screens can actually trick the body into thinking it is daytime and melatonin production can be interrupted. The longer you use your gadget and the closer you hold it to your face, the worse your sleep is going to be. Studies are showing that teenagers are the most affected group right now as they tend to stay up late and sleep in during the morning hours; using their gadgets frequently. This sleep disruption can have a negative impact on health, grades and socialization. In order to allow the pineal gland to function properly, glowing screens should be put down at least an hour or two before bedtime. Christian Broda and the OxfordJournals suggest you keep your technology out of the bedroom and allow yourself time to take a break.

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