There are a few obvious factors that affect the quality of your sleep: everything from the amount of sunlight in your bedroom to the quality of your mattress can have a major effect on your comfort while sleeping. Many people don’t realize, however, that using electronics (such as cellphones and tablets) right before bed can cause serious damage to a person’s overall sleep quality.
Here are just a few things you should know about how electronics affect your sleep schedule:
- According to theNational Sleep Foundation, the blue light that electronic screens emit has been connected to wakefulness. This light produces a chemical effect in the brain similar to what natural sunlight produces, and it signals the brain to wake up the body.
- Without this stimulation, the brain would otherwise be producing a hormone called melatonin and this would cause the body to feel sleepy. When melatoninisn’t produced, a person is more likely to have trouble falling asleep. Without melatonin, it’s very hard to get the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep you need each night.
- Not only does the light of a cellphone or tablet disturb your biological processes of falling asleep at night, but simply having a mobile device close to your bed can cause stress. Instead of separating from work and other obligations, it’s common for people to use this time before bed to catch up on emails, chat with a friend, or browse through the news headlines of the day. It comes as no surprise, then, that 43% of American teens and adults say they’re unable to get a good night’s sleep during the week, and it’s estimated that one in every four American adults has insomnia.
Along with “powering down” before going to bed, there are other ways to make sure that you can fall asleep quickly and stay sleeping throughout the night. Many people find that reading a book (i.e., a printed book) is a good way to separate their minds from the stresses of the day. Soothing flavors/scents, such as chamomile and lavender, are popular natural remedies to help you relax. Many people also find that they’re able to relax when they sleep on an adjustable bed with a mattress that can be adjusted in order to provide contoured support.
Craftmatic® Adjustable Beds equipped with optional heat and massage, may provide temporary relief of low back pain, minor aches and pains due to muscular fatigue or overexertion, edema or swelling of the legs, poor local blood circulation of the legs, symptoms of hiatus hernia, symptoms of gastric reflux, nighttime heartburn. The optional heating accessory provides temporary relief from mild arthritis and joint pain, as well as muscle pain associated with stress and tension. Sleeping in an upright position may reduce or ease light and occasional snoring.