Ever find yourself laying awake in bed, staring at the only light in the room? It may not be your wandering thoughts, or worries. It may just be all the technology you view before you head to sleep. The National Sleep Foundation recently conducted a study on the effects on habits before bed time, and the culprit to less sleep is technology. The reason for this is because “Exposure to artificial light before bed can increase alertness and suppress the release of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin.” says NSF
It might be a good idea to take it easy with the tablets and TV an hour or so before bed. Perhaps reading or something other than using technology would help with getting better rest. We all know how important it is to get a full night’s rest to conquer the days.
Just as a side note, after reading this study I was surprised (and almost proud) of our generation’s television watching habits compared to the baby boomers, the generation X’ers, and the generation Z’ers. We (generation Y’ers from ages 19-29) were reported to watch the least amount of TV an hour before bed. So check out that study and learn more about ways in which you can get a great night of sleep.