Get Clean 2015 – Tip #7

Restful Sleep – Turn it off!

If you sending off emails, texting, playing a video game, or even watching TV, it very likely that your electronic devices are keeping you “wired” where it affects both falling asleep and sleeping well.  Even reading a book on an electronic device can have the same effect because your brain interprets the information from electronic screens differently.

As your brain revs up, its electrical activity increases and neurons start to race — the exact opposite of what should be happening before sleep. A second reason has to do with your body: The physical act of responding to a video game or even an email makes your body tense… As you get stressed, your body can go into a “fight or flight” response, and as a result, cortisol, a stress hormone produced by the adrenal gland, is released, creating a situation hardly conducive to sleep.

That “glow” from electronics is also at work against quality shuteye. The small amounts of light from these devices pass through the retina into a part of the hypothalamus (the area of the brain that controls several sleep activities) and delay the release of the sleep-inducing hormone, melatonin. (Source: WebMD)

The National Sleep Foundation echoes the same information.  They cite studies saying that children using electronic media as a sleep aid to relax at night have been shown to have later weekday bedtimes, experience fewer hours of sleep per week and report more daytime sleepiness.

Sleep is ABSOLUTELY crucial for our minds and bodies to take on life.  If we want to overcome and “win” at life then it’s in our interest to value sleep.  If you would like to know more about the benefits of sleep, please refer to my earlier blog post called, “Get Your Sleep”

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