Technology – How it affects your sleeping behavior
I think we can all relate to watching a movie in bed just before you go to sleep, checking facebook, or whatsapping your girl/boyfriend just as you were about to close your eyes. Playing FIFA 15 until 2 in the morning and then having problems to sleep. Technology is embedded in our last moments before we go to bed. However we never thought about any kind of consequences this could have to our sleep. But if you knew the impact of this, would you still do it?
Scientist’s research of American institutions of the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) found that using technology just before bedtime significantly alters our body clock. It can affect sleep deprivation and lack of sleep as well as job performance, mood and even your sex life!
Charles Czeisler, which is a scientist at the Harvard Medical School, claims that artificial light just before bedtime increases our metabolism and decreases the making the hormone which is responsible for sleep: melatonin. By watching your ipad for 2 hours, you reduce your melatonin production by 22%.
Other serious sleep-detractors are videogames and television. Not only because of the artificial light (see previous section) but also because it can increase your heart rate. Videogames in it’s turn, lowers both the quantity of sleep (see previours reasons) and the quality of sleep. Sleep can be divided into two categories: REM sleep and non-REM sleep. Videogames negatively affect the REM sleep, which is responsible for dreaming. So the more you game, the less you dream. Easy choice isn’t it?
Personally, I always check my Whatsapp and Facebook before I go to bed. However, I have never thought about any consequences. Do you guys have rituals which involves technology just before you go to bed? And having read this blog, are you still planning on doing so?