How screen time affects our zzz’s

first_img UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSFlorida Hospital – ApopkaSleepThe VOICE of Health Previous articleCounty Road 435 temporary ramp permanently closing this weekendNext articleWhich pizza chain is the best? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The VOICE of HealthThe Secrets of Sleep: Part 3From Florida Hospital Apopka Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name herecenter_img More and more research is revealing what doctors have long suspected: screens can seriously interrupt our zzzs.As you react to incoming emails, scroll through Instagram, play games or watch videos, your brain activates with racing neurons and increased production of cortisol – a stress hormone that creates a result very similar to anxiety.This may not be that big of a deal during the daytime, but at night it can send major mixed signals to your brain.An important element of our body’s natural sleep-wake cycle (also known as circadian rhythm) is the production of melatonin, a hormone that causes us to fall asleep. Exposure to bright light from our devices at bedtime throws off that internal clock, suppressing melatonin and thus keeping us awake.The type of light our devices emit plays a major role. Short wavelength enriched light, commonly called “blue light,” affects melatonin production more than any other light, including harsh fluorescent and LED lights.Research warning against bedtime screen usage is piling up faster than a teenager’s text messages. In a 2015 study, device usage before bed was linked to a 13-52% spike in the likelihood of needing over 60 minutes to fall asleep. Dozens of others have found strong associations between screen time and both later bedtimes and less restful sleep.As bleary-eyed as blue light can make adults, its effects may be even worse in young people. For teens, whose circadian rhythms are undergoing natural shifts as they mature, blue light before bed makes things even more confusing for the body.The RX: put down those screens at least an hour before bed to properly prepare your brain for sleep. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom last_img read more