Considering that digital devices have become a crucial part of daily life, it comes as no surprise that they’re affecting our sleep.
For most of us, the first thing we wake up to and the last thing we check before going to bed is our phone. Whether it is to check social media platforms, read emails, or just browse the internet, we’ve become obsessed with being connected.
That’s why our sleep suffers. Below, we present you with a captivating infographic detailing some of these effects. We’ll go over four of them here, and you can check the rest for yourself.
Tech Gadgets Wake Us Up
One of the effects that tech devices can have on our sleep is that they can wake us up. The cacophony of sounds coming from social media, calls, and emails will likely wake up anyone at least once during the night.
Although we can easily put our phone on silent, the electromagnetic signals can still influence our sleep. So before going to bed tonight, don’t just put your phone on silent but make sure you leave it on the nightstand away from you.
Your Brain Continues to Stay Awake
It’s no surprise that before we go to bed, most of us spend a few minutes or more on the phone. Some of us check those last minute work emails, while others go to social media platforms, read the latest gossip, or just watch some funny videos.
Although we might think this is harmless, something we might have read or seen may make it hard for us to go to sleep. For example, our boss’s email can stress us out, so we can have difficulty falling asleep.
Considering that about 23% of insomniacs report stress and anxiety as the main causes for their wakeful nights, try to avoid this and stay away from the phone before going to bed.
Wi-Fi Signals Can Disrupt Sleep
It might sound crazy, but Wi-Fi signals can have a bigger effect on our sleep than just waking us up by receiving countless notifications. It’s reported that the signals Wi-Fi emits can seriously impact our sleep and, in some cases, even cause chronic sleep disorders.
Therefore, it’s always better to turn off Wi-Fi before going to bed. Not only will this help you sleep without any distractions, but you’ll be also clear from any harmful signals it can produce.
Artificial Light At Night (ALAN) Can Negatively Impact Sleep
Using electronic devices before going to bed can have a negative impact on the quality of sleep. It can influence our circadian clock, body thermoregulation, as well as emotions and attention abilities.
Seeing how ALAN can not only influence the quality and quantity of sleep but also our health, we should think twice before switching on our gadgets tonight.
Even though we’ve become addicted to electronic devices, when they start impacting our health and wellbeing negatively, it’s probably time to reconsider our actions.
The infographic below details some of these effects, together with stats and facts on sleep and how we can improve it.