Smartphones and other electronics such as tablets and laptops are destroying our sleep — and not just due to the anxiety caused by constantly checking the news of the election results and pandemic into the wee hours. The blue light emitted by these devices tricks our brain into thinking we should remain awake. It blocks melatonin production, a hormone essential to sleep.
"Even if you're someone who can fall asleep easily after staring at your phone, experts suggest that the light can make it more difficult for you to reach the deeper stages of the sleep cycle," says Chris Brantner, a certified sleep science coach for SleepZoo.com.
About 81 percent of people use their phones within an hour of bedtime, and 66 percent use them within 30 minutes. Additionally, the average person is getting only a little more than six hours of sleep, when for the sake of long-term health, many people could probably use more. Bottom line: Banish the electronics from the bedroom. You'll be pleasantly surprised by the rewards.