Today, technology rules everything and everyone. Without it, we’re lost. However, we rarely take a moment to think about what it’s doing to our health.
Remember when Mums used to say “Don’t sit too close to the telly or else you’ll damage your eyes”? Well, now we’re doing it on a daily basis, if not with the telly, we’re doing it will our laptops and phones. And it’s not just our eyes that are affected, it’s our brains, our sleep cycles and our bodies as a whole.
That’s why we’re challenging YOU to cut down by at least 1 hour a day for the next 2 weeks. Of an evening, leaving your mobile alone after 8pm and cutting down on browsing on the laptop, as well as watching just a little less television already adds up to a lot. Mixing and matching on your own terms, you can cut down and, as a result, enjoy better sleep.
Earlier this year, bigbrandbeds.co.uk found that 95% of 18-29 year-olds sleep with their phones right next to their bed, with 25% of people not silencing their phone before they go to bed. Does jumping out of bed because you heard your phone vibrate sound familiar?
95% said they used electronics in the hour prior to going to sleep, with 50% of people found to check their phones immediately upon waking in the middle of the night.
The Lighting Research Centre has also found that light from tablets, phones and similar devices can confuse our natural body clock, making sleep harder to attain but keeping us tired during the day.
Dr Naim of the Los Angeles Sleep Study Institute said: “Regularly using a computer late at night is associated not only with sleep disorders but also with stress and depressive symptoms both in men and women.”
If you have been suffering with sleep issues, examine how much technology you use on a daily basis. Cutting down on this and taking these tips can help you. However, if you are deeply concerned about your sleep deprivation, seek advice from your GP.
Technology, of course, if both a powerful and progressive feature of the 21st Century, and it’s only going to get bigger. The only chance we have of making sure it doesn’t take over our lives and our health is to control and limit it. So join in, and see how well you do!
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