About 90% of people use their phones at bedtime — despite the fact that smartphones and other electronics such as tablets and laptops are destroying our sleep. It's not just due to the anxiety caused by constantly checking the news or monitoring social media into the wee hours. The blue light emitted from the screen tricks the brain into thinking you 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," said Chris Brantner, a certified sleep science coach.
Additionally, the average person is getting only a little over six hours of sleep and, for the sake of long-term health, could probably use more. Banishing electronics from the bedroom can bring pleasantly surprising rewards. Here are a dozen potential benefits.
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