Electronics are everywhere – but can they be harmful in the bedroom? A 2014 poll conduced by the National Sleep Foundation uncovered some surprising statistics. The exposure to the many light emitting devices found in the bedroom stimulate mental activity and the light exposure promotes wakefulness. The age old natural cycle of the daylight turning into darkness has just about disappeared in our society.
Experts Helene Emsellem, MD and Taylor Bos, BA, give us a review of what the latest literature says around electronics and the impact on sleep, highlighting how the use of electronic devices in the bedroom further disrupts the natural pattern of the sleep-wake cycle. Careful studies have shown that even our small electronic devices emit sufficient light to miscue the brain and promote wakefulness. As adults we are subject to these influences and our children are particularly susceptible.The increasing prevalence of electronics in children’s bedrooms creates a culture of evening engagement and light exposure that negatively impacts sleep time, sleep quality and daytime alertness.
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article source: http://sleepfoundation.org/ask-the-expert/electronics-the-bedroom
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