How Technology Affects Your Sleep

Sleep is a key ingredient to a healthy lifestyle: it affects your energy levels, your weight, your attitude, your mental functions, and even how your body functions. When you get enough consistent sleep, you are a healthier and happier person. However, there are a lot of technological advances that negatively affect your sleeping patterns. I’m not against technology because it is a great thing—it has provided us with technology, music, the internet, refrigerators, and so much more. I do think people could be more aware of how their electronic gadgets can affect their overall health. Yes, I’m going there: In the beginning, people were awake when it was light out, and slept when it was dark out. Then, electricity made it possible for people to keep different hours by having lights on at night. For a lot of months during the year, we are awake earlier in the morning and later at night when it is dark outside.

This alone has affected the amount of sleep we get. It is easy to solve the problem of lights: just turn them out and you have darkness. In fact, recent studies show that it is healthier to sleep without any lights on, particularly for women. Apparently, different hormones are released in your body when you sleep with lights on than when it is dark, and this can affect your health. Whether you love them or consider them idiot boxes, the television has changed the way we live our lives. They provide sources of entertainment and information, from television shows to documentaries to news programs. The problem with televisions, however, is that they can keep you awake when you should be sleeping. Studies have shown that people don’t get enough quality sleep when they keep television sets in their bedrooms. Falling asleep with the TV on, even if it is set on a timer to go off automatically, can affect your sleep—and, not in a positive way. At the same time, even if you don’t fall asleep with it on, you could end up staying awake longer to watch something.

People who have trouble falling or staying asleep might find it is because their bodies cannot fully rest in an environment that isn’t used for relaxation. If you do a lot of other things in your bedroom other than sleeping, like watching TV or working on your laptop, your body won’t consider this a relaxing area. 0 of 8192 characters usedPost CommentNo HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. Indeed, electro magnetic devices can definitey affect one’s sleep. Actually has just have to switch off all the electro magnetic devices before going to sleep and create a very comfortable ambiance for sleep. Maybe I missed them but did you include any links to the television in the bedroom studies you mentioned? I keep hearing the same advice but I’m having trouble finding the actual studies. How can we keep ourself safe from generator. Many times the generator maked beep sound continously.

The engineer told; its working file. But its having some problem in ECU Monitoring unit. Our mgmt never change for long time. Thanks this helped a lot with my project 😀 and lol ya I need to improve my sleeping habits :S. Hehe. I’m reading this at 4 or 5 am on my iPod in bed. Obviously I have an issue. You’re totally right about the cell phones, I’ve been going to sleep really late lately. Your article is very informative. Thanks for posting this great info and if it is possible for you to share me more about it that would be great. I’m on my computer until I go to bed every night. I fall asleep fast, and sleep like a baby. Point taken. Great advise and nice presentation on your hub. Great hub article. Some technology is good. In fact, it uses voice recognition technology to make it easier for you to manage your time and get out of bed in the morning. Good hub, I am folloing you. Best wishes for 2010!