In this article from Johns Hopkins University, the impact of cellphones on healthy sleep habits is reviewed. Many cellphone users keep their phones on their nightstands, or nearby while sleeping. Alerts are just an arm’s reach away. If you’re like many, climbing into bed at the end of the day and scrolling through social media or catching up on news means you’re being exposed to blue light for a prolonged period of time right before a restful period. Blue light suppresses melatonin creation; melatonin is the hormone whose production is stimulated by darkness. Its purpose is to help regulate our circadian rhythms and help us become sleepy at night, and get quality, restful sleep. When exposed to blue light too soon before bedtime, it interferes with our bodies’ ability to sleep restfully throughout the night.
How Can We Have Healthier Cell Phone Habits?
To lower your risks for SPA or any other concerns you may have, limiting your cell phone use is best. Fight the urge to constantly check your phone, leave your phone in the living room or away from your nightstand at night, with notifications set to emergency only. Instead of scrolling through the news or playing games when you lay down, try reading a book or enjoying a warm bath. Fighting addiction in any form can be difficult, so be kind to yourself as you make these changes in your routine.
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