March 1, 2012

Are Your Gadgets Keeping You Awake at Night?

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Gadgets have become an important part of our everyday lives, but they still can’t replace basic human functions like sleeping.

Unfortunately, in many cases the relationship with our electronics costs us valuable shut-eye. Research suggests that exposure to the electronic glow of a television, cell phone or other screen before bed can make it harder for you to fall asleep, cause you to lose sleep and can make you feel less rested in the morning.

So how do you get enough rest without cutting the cord with the gadgets that you love?

  1. Power Down

    Turn off the TV, leave your laptop in the living room and put down your cell phone at least 30 minutes to an hour before you plan to go to sleep. Some expects speculate that artificial light from these devices can alter your internal clock when used at night.
  2. Try Some Good Ol’ Fashion Relaxation 

    Instead of winding down in front of the TV or computer, try embracing relaxing nighttime activities that don’t involve a lot of exposure to light, like reading a book or taking a warm bath.
  3. Alleviate Stressors 

    Electronic light isn’t the only reason electronics can make it harder to fall asleep. Sometimes it’s anxiety, caused by an unpleasant email or news story, which results sleep troubles. A relaxing routine will help also help ease stress that can keep you awake at night.

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