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Early to bed and early to rise? Not if you have a smartphone, study says

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Early to bed and early to rise? Not if you have a smartphone, study says
If you are having trouble falling asleep before midnight and waking up fresh for work on the next morning, your smartphone or tablet may be to blame. After the first study of sleeping pattern disruptions because of the melatonin drop resulting from screen light, now another one comes in to confirm the conclusions.

Professor Shantha Rajaratnam of Monash University went on to examine sleeping patterns of avid phone and tablet users in bed, and reached the same conclusion - that the lit displays are messing up with our bodies' sleep cycle. The closer we hold the light to our faces, it turns out, the worse it gets, and we can't fall asleep before reading that last piece of news from Egypt, tweeting that last nonsense, checking that last car classified, or whatever we are into at the moment.

If you want that pattern to stop, the simplest solution seems to be just ignoring your gadgets each evening after a certain time, but it's much easier said than done, of course.

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posted on 05 Jul 2013, 04:19 16

1. kaliil10 (Posts: 144; Member since: 16 May 2012)


My smartphone is my best friend and at the same time its my enemy.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 06:04 4

4. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


keep your friends close and enemies closer... how close can you get?

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 05:00

2. Galen20K (Posts: 506; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


Soooo much Easier said than done but yea, they're right about that. As difficult as it is, I have started to not use my devices as much before the hour I go to sleep... some nights that is.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 05:28 2

3. alterecho (Posts: 994; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


My desktop, not my smartphone, keeps me up.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 06:46 1

5. KiranPAUSER (Posts: 73; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


I just dim my screen backlit and then i'm unaware when i slept with my phone in hand or on my chest

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 07:44 1

9. alterecho (Posts: 994; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


You're not supposed keep any phone or other radio equipment neer your chest.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 06:46 2

6. Ohrules (Posts: 299; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


phonearena keeps me up

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 07:04 1

7. mr.techdude (Posts: 496; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


I'm a YouTube fanatic CAN'T STOP!! MUST KEEP WATCHING *_*

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 19:43

11. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 204; Member since: 14 May 2013)


LOL! :D

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 07:04 1

8. mr.techdude (Posts: 496; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


On my beatiful HTC ONE x screen

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 09:53

10. VictorP (Posts: 24; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Did they do the study with a bunch of 10 year olds? I have multiple smart phones and I don't spend my nights playing on them.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 19:47

12. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 204; Member since: 14 May 2013)


We don't play, we do other stuff with our phones like news, web, videos, etc..

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