This Is Why You Need to Stop Using Your Smartphone at Night!
Are one of the many people who go to bed with their smartphone? Nowadays almost everyone posses this gadget. The smartphone is actually a device which comes with many impressive features.
People mostly use the phone to call someone, take pictures, write text messages, use the GPS navigation, access the Internet to chat with friends, use the calendar, etc.
The smartphone comes which different functions which ease our life on a daily basis. Most people check their smartphones right before their bedtime.
Can you relate? Have you found yourself in a situation where no matter whether you are scrolling through Facebook or Instagram, looking at just one post is impossible? Usually, hours go by before you realize that is 1 o’clock in the morning.
Well, you should stop with this. Why? Read on to find out. One of the greatest causes when it comes to sleep deprivation is artificial light.
The light in our computers, tablets, and smartphones is even worse. This light is known as “blue light.”
More About the Blue Light
This light is included in the full light spectrum, meaning that people are exposed to this by the sun on a daily basis.
But nighttime exposure to blue light, emitted at high levels by different gadgets might be damaging to the vision. Moreover, it suppresses the production of melatonin that throws off the natural sleep cues of the body.
To be more precise this light messes with the sleep cycle by forcing the body to be awake, and it convinces that it is morning. It tells your brain that it is morning. And let’s face reality, before bedtime all you want to do is go to sleep.
So what should you do about this? It is simple, don’t use your phone before bedtime. This is something which you must stop doing. The reasons listed below will surely help you make up your mind.
4 Health Issues Related to Using Your Phone Before Bedtime
1. Disrupts the Brain
Not getting sufficient amount of sleep due to the light from your smartphone can lead to the difficulty to focus and learn. Moreover, there is a great chance that you will feel distracted through the entire day.
Scientists compared the brain of those people who get enough sleep to those who don’t get enough sleep. They came to the discovery that there is lowered blood flow and metabolism in different brain regions.
This, in turn, leads to impaired behavior and cognitive function.
2. Increases the Risk of Cancer
According to scientists, the blue light impacts the sleep through the night, and it increases the risk of obtaining cancer, especially prostate and breast cancer.
The natural weapon against different types of cancer is melatonin. Moreover, according to studies what the blue light does is that it suppresses the production of melatonin.
That overtime can make the body the ideal soil for the development of severe different health problems.
The body needs the hormone melatonin in order to obtain proper rest and quality sleep. And as we already mentioned, the blue light impacts the levels of this hormone in the body. Therefore, it can also lead to insomnia.
People whose body clocks are changed by light exposure or who have suppressed melatonin levels are more susceptible to depression. As a matter of fact, the lack of rest interferes with the neurotransmitters.
That can cause a decline in the synaptic signaling between neurons, which regulate the mood.
Other Health Issues
Lack of melatonin productions also leads to:
- Cardiovascular issues
- Memory problems
- Slow responding
- Vision issues
- Premature aging
But that is not all; the blue light can damage the retina and lead to cataracts and macular degeneration.
According to scientists due to the excessive use of smartphones, people who are 35 years old have the same health problems as the elderly. However, there is a need for more research on this topic.
But all in all, we must accept the fact that there are more disadvantages than advantages when it comes to using smartphones before bedtime. To find out more, watch the video below.