Interesting Effects of Technology on Sleep!

In today’s world, where the use of smartphones and the internet is increasing, technology has very interesting effects on sleep. In our news...

Sleeping takes up a third of our lives. Sleeping is very important for both the physical development and psychological health of people. Quality sleep keeps you vigorous and ensures you much more efficiency during the day. However, many people say they have difficulties falling asleep and that they are not getting efficiency from their sleep. Maybe the changes in your life, especially because of the Coronavirus Pandemic, may have affected your sleep. The feeling of stress and uncertainty brought with it by the pandemic are also among the psychological factors that negatively affect sleep. With the widespread of working from home, flexible working hours may also negatively affect the natural sleep cycle of some people. In today’s world, where the use of smartphones and the internet is increasing, technology has very interesting effects on sleep…

What dangers await those who sleep near the blue light and their phones?

Many people say they don’t sleep efficiently and feel tired when they wake up. Smartphones that come into our lives with the development of technology can have negative effects on the natural sleep cycle. The blue light emitted from smartphones and computer screens has negative effects on our sleep. Because blue light prevents the secretion of the melatonin hormone that helps us sleep.

According to a research, it has been observed that people who sleep by putting their phones on their bedside cannot sleep well. This is thought to be caused by internet traffic and radiation that are active overnight. But we cannot say that technology is always harmful to our sleep. Because there are many smart devices specially developed for better sleep. Smartwatches that allow you to analyze your sleep or smart beds that offer a comfortable sleep experience are examples of these.

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What’s the interesting relationship between your biological clock and sleep?

The amount of sleep a person need varies from person to person. Also, the need for sleep may differ according to different age groups. Most of the adults can meet their needs by sleeping for 7 hours. But for young people, this period can be up to 10 hours. This situation may also vary according to people’s chronobiology.

Chronobiology is a branch of science that studies human biological clocks. If we did not have biological clocks, we could shower or sleep for hours. That’s why the biological clock is very important for your sleep. Almost all life forms in the world have some kind of biological clock synchronized to the 24-hour cycle of light and dark. For example, the sun knows when it will set and when it will rise. It is a fact that nature also has a biological clock.

People who try to fall asleep before their biological clock may have trouble sleeping. For this reason, they may think it is a sleep problem. According to experts, reducing the blue light effect and being in natural light environments positively affects the biological clock. Eyeglasses with special lenses or screen protectors that refract the blue light can be preferred to avoid exposure to blue light during the day. At the same time, the Night Shift feature on Apple phones can reduce the blue light of the screens and apply a natural light effect. In his book, Internal Time, Till Roenneberg says people who get at least 2 hours of outdoor sunlight a day sleep more efficiently.

Some chronobiologists state that the extended walking time while going to and from work positively affects sleep. In addition, alcohol, smoking, and excess caffeine are among the factors that negatively affect sleep efficiency. Especially in the evening, psychoactive substances such as caffeine and alcohol disrupt the natural cycle of sleep and render inefficiency. Also, herbal teas are recommended for quality sleep.

A person needs to be aware of his biological clock. With this awareness, people who keep up with the natural sleep cycle, sleep efficiently, and feel energetic when they wake up. Also, the negative effects of technology on sleep can be reduced by taking advantage of technological solutions for better sleep.

Well, do you think your technology habits are negatively affecting your sleeping cycle? What precautions do you take to protect your biological clock or avoid blue light? You can share it from the comment section.

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İrem Mullaoğlu

İrem Mullaoğlu

Hello, I'm İrem. I am a student at Başkent University, Department of Communication Design. I am interested in literature and digital media. I am creating content in Moblobi with my researcher side who love to learn. Follow my corner.

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