Why You Shouldn't Bring Tech Into Bed
If you ever have trouble feeling tired at night, your tech might be to blame.
It seems like even more so during a pandemic we're extra glued to our technology, bringing it into bed and using it late into the hours of the evening.
While we love technology and all that it does for us (like binge watching Selling Sunset on Netflix) studies have shown that the blue light coming from these devices can seriously impact our sleep.
Why is this, you might ask?
Blue light rays coming from your cellphone, laptop, and TV, can disrupt your body's natural production of melatonin, the sleep hormone that makes you feel tired.
Melatonin is naturally produced when the sun sets and the evening darkens. Basically the darker it is, the more your body produces melatonin at night. But when you expose yourself to various screens that emit blue light, it tricks your brain into thinking it's actually still daytime.
This in turn also wreaks having on your circadian rhythm, which is your body's internal clock that regulates the sleep-wake cycle. Studies have shown that when the circadian rhythm goes out of whack, a whole bunch of problems can arise like weight gain, impulsivity, impaired cognitive function, and other physiological and behavioral changes.
TIPS TO LIMIT BLUE LIGHT EXPOSURE AT NIGHT:
1) Limit all screens at least 2 hours before bed. By creating a tech-free environment, your bedroom will automatically feel more relaxing and zen.
2) For those who need to gradually fall asleep, try reading a book in bed and lighting a candle. This combo is sure to make you feel sleepy in no time!
3) If you really need to bring your tech to bed, try wearing blue light blocking glasses.
4) Melatonin supplements can help boost sleepiness.
5) Make sure your bedroom is dark enough for sleep. If it isn't, we recommend wearing a sleep mask to ensure total darkness and maximum melatonin production. Try our Silk Eye Mask below:
Sweet dreams xx