News Roundup: The Effect of Electronic Devices on Sleep


According to the National Sleep Foundation, 95% of Americans use some form of electronic device within the hour before bed (for more, see below). We are just now beginning to understand the implications of this on our sleep health. Most sleep experts agree that it is best to avoid our devices before bed and keep them out of the bedroom altogether.

However, with the expanding field of wearable devices, “smart” mattresses, and sleep related apps, some people may find it beneficial to leverage these special kinds of devices to actually improve their sleep.

This week’s news roundup brings to you a collection of articles and blog posts related to the pros and cons of electronic devices as it relates to sleep.

How Technology is Changing the Way We Sleep. “95 percent of people use some sort of electronic device at least a few nights a week during the hour before bed. This makes it tougher to fall asleep….That’s why you should power down devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime….That said, technology isn’t all bad. It’s also helping sleep.”

How technology can help you sleep better. The Week. “Aside from monitoring everyday sleep, innovations in the field also stand to help those with diagnosed conditions. Take sleep apnea: The disorder, which disrupts breathing during sleep, affects more than 18 million Americans.”

Kids can't sleep? 10 tips that will help. CNN. “Make the bedroom a "no-connection" zone. The growing trend of sleep-texting is a disturbing enough reason to play it safe. Confine online activity to common areas such as the dining room or living room and have kids charge their phones in another room at night.”

This One Sneaky Thing May Be Interfering with Your Sleep — But There Also Might Be More To It Than You Think. Bustle. “We already know that the blue light emitted from the screens could be affecting our levels of melanopsin, a light-sensitive molecule that our bodies use to regulate our circadian rhythms. When it absorbs the blue-green light coming from our phones and tablets and computers, it signals to our brains that it's daylight. Time to wake up!”



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