Is Your Computer Disrupting Your Sleep?
Filed under: EMF Energy
Do you often feel tired during the day, but then find yourself unable to sleep once you’re in bed? Do you suffer from insomnia that causes difficulty falling asleep, or frequent waking during the night? You may have analyzed everything from your diet to your emotional health, but the problem could be right under your nose. Your computer may actually be causing your sleep problems!
Computers have revolutionized both our business and social lives, but the price of technology can be steep. Our nonstop dependence on our computers can actually alter our brain waves and disrupt our sleep patterns in a number of ways.
The temptation offered by computers is part of the problem. Human beings are social creatures, and we crave connection in our busy, disconnected lives. After a long hard day at the office, you might often find yourself tempted to check emails or Skype with a friend just before bedtime. But looking at your computer screen revs up your brain’s electrical activity, and “wakes up” your mind. The end result is similar to drinking a cup of coffee right before bed; you find mind racing and you’re unable to sleep.
The glow from your computer or tablet screen is another problem. Light from your screen passes through your retinas and activates a part of your brain called the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus controls the release of hormones that signal your body to sleep. Normally, because human beings are programmed to sleep during the night and be awake during the day, the hypothalamus would respond to darkness by telling the body that it’s time to sleep. But when you used a computer late at night, you confuse your hypothalamus into believing it is daytime.
If computer use is impacting your sleep schedule, the problem is luckily easy to correct. Remove electronics such as the computer or television from your bedroom if possible. Or, if you can discipline yourself, establish a “shut off” time about an hour before bedtime. Give yourself a period of time during the day to use social media or write emails, and unwind at night with activities such as a bubble bath or reading a good book.