Nowadays, technology is such an important part of our day-to-day lives that most people can’t imagine living without it. Have you ever left your house without your phone and felt as if you’ve forgotten something absolutely essential? Has a day gone by that you haven’t checked your social media accounts or watched a funny video?
Like it or not, technological devices affect every aspect of our everyday lives, including sleep habits and health.
Most of us can blame technology for the lack of sleep. No one can argue that the infinite number of interesting online information or addictive games are not a distraction from a good night’s rest. But it’s not just content that keeps us up.
The artificial light from gadgets and devices can have a negative effect on sleep and become the main cause of sleep deprivation. This is due to the fact that screens emit a blue light that has an adverse effect on melatonin levels in the body. Melatonin is a hormone that regulates the body’s internal rhythm and tells it when it’s time to get up or go to sleep.
All of this, combined with the fact that the majority of people use some kind of device within one hour before they go to bed, point to technology being the main cause behind most sleep disorders.
However, it’s not all bad. Technology can actually be beneficial. It may shock you to learn just how much it can help you manage sleep conditions, such as insomnia, sleep apnea, and even snoring.
From devices that mimic sunlight to apps that detect problematic sleeping positions and headbands that emit a sound reminding you to stop grinding your teeth during your sleep, there is nothing that tech can’t do.
Sleeping provides the body with the rest it needs so it can function properly. Technology, on the other hand, makes life and work easier and more entertaining.
If you want to learn how to get the most out of both, and even use one to help the other, check out the infographic below. You will discover how tech can actually give you a good night’s sleep.