Using Electronics Before Bed Can Have a Negative Effect on Your Sleep

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RENO, NV - Maybe you use your e-reader before bedtime, or stay up to watch one last television show, but research shows those things can lead to sub-standard sleep cycles.

The National Sleep Foundation polls show about 95% of Americans use an electronic device within a hour of going to sleep, and that 89% of adults and 75% of children have at least one such device in their bedrooms. Doctors say that the light and noise from these devices can disrupt sleep cycles by tricking your body into thinking it is daytime and thus stopping it from producing a hormone that helps you sleep. A 2013 study published in the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Journal found that late night use of computers and mobile phones is related to insomnia.

So what do you do? You can try an electronic curfew. One hour before bed, remove or turn off all electronic devices in the bedroom. If you have a television, most now have timers that automatically turn of the screen at a chosen time. Doctors also recommend wearing an eye shade before bed or even turning your alarm clock away from you while you sleep.