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

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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12 Comments

1. kaliil10

Posts: 146; Member since: May 16, 2012

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

4. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

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

2. Galen20K

Posts: 575; Member since: Dec 26, 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.

3. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

My desktop, not my smartphone, keeps me up.

5. KiranPAUSER

Posts: 73; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

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

9. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

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

6. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

phonearena keeps me up

7. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

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

11. ncarlosmiguel

Posts: 206; Member since: May 14, 2013

LOL! :D

8. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

On my beatiful HTC ONE x screen

10. VictorP

Posts: 24; Member since: May 29, 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.

12. ncarlosmiguel

Posts: 206; Member since: May 14, 2013

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

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