It is becoming a common practice by millions, to be distracted from their sleeping time by their smart phones. If one does not sleep sufficiently, he can suffer numerous health problems including the heart dysfunctions.
The debates on the side effects of technology are not new, however, researchers have recently discovered an effect of smartphones on our daily lives which could be disrupting our health. The study has stated, the artificial light which our smart phones emit can reduce the quantity and quality of our sleep.
This artificial light helps in activating the photoreceptors called intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs), which as a result suppresses melatonin, the hormone that indicates to our body that it is time to sleep.
“The most important takeaway is that blue light at night time really does decrease sleeping quality. Sleep is very important for the regeneration of many functions in our body,” said Lisa Ostrin, assistant professor at the University of Houston in the US.
In the above-mentioned study, participants aged between 17 and 42 were given short wavelength blocking glasses, which they had to wear at least three hours before their bedtime and while using their gadgets. The corresponding results showed a 58 percent increase in the melatonin levels.
“Those levels are even higher than increases from over the counter-melatonin-supplements,” said Ostrin, who led the study published in Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics.
The participants also reported that the sleep quality was much better. They fell asleep faster than before and their sleep increased by almost half an hour. The best way to fight this is a Digital Detox, stay away from gadgets for some time. Avoid unnecessary usage and do not replace human touch with the mechanical touch. Use such devices which protect you from the harmful rays of your electronic gadgets.
“By using blue blocking glasses we are decreasing input to the photoreceptors, so we can improve sleep and still continue to use our devices. That is nice because we can still be productive at night,” Ostrin added.