Friday, March 20, 2015

What Happens to Your Brain and Body When You Check Your Phone Before Bed?

Do you really know what happens to your brain and body when you check your phone before bed? The consequences are more far-reaching and serious than we imagine.

"Staring at screens right before sleep turns out to be much worse than previously thought. Dr. Dan Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, lays out all of the negative effects bedtime screen viewing can have on the brain and body" from faltering attention, impaired memory, compromised problem-solving ability, to insulin and metabolism disruption (and therefore weight gain), chronically fatigued neurons (your active neurons do not get rested), poorly performing glial cells (supportive cells are not able to remove the toxins from your neurons), and toxic cell connections, to a host of other related, serious, health problems.

So how important is sleep? Dr Siegel says it's very important to get 7-9 hours sleep, the optimum amount. It is also recommended that you turn off your devices one hour before bed-time instead of allowing the bright, blue light to disrupt your melatonin production which then keeps you awake into the late hours of the night and leads to all those negative bio-results discussed above.

Is this a growing problem? The more devices we have the more this trend is going to increase and now with children being supplied with these devices at an increasingly younger age, this problem is not going to disappear anytime soon, rather more and more of society will suffer from chronic sleep deprivation and at an increasingly earlier age. More accidents at work? less productivity? more health problems with weight, dementia, etc.? Expect these negative trends to grow ... and explode exponentially especially when you start wearing devices on your wrist or eye, and your house and its army of whiteware - fridge, oven, microwave, washing machine, tv, etc. - are all recruited into the mix. The idea that we could be at the cusp of the evolution of nations of sleep-deprived, tech-junkie zombies may not be so far-fetched nor the stuff of sci-fi any longer. You and your family can however counter against this trend by observing the simple tips mentioned above.

Produced by Justin Gmoser; Additional camera by Alana Kakoyiannis.

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