Skip Nighttime Smartphone Use For Better Sleep

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014, 9:29 pm

Smartphones have enabled us to handle work emails and calls at any time and anywhere. Using your smartphone at night can actually disrupt your sleep, leaving you less productive the following day.

New research in the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes reports that using smartphones to work late at night has a serious effect on workers. “What we have is the doubl-whammy effect,” said study co-author Russell Johnson. “On the one hand, when people are using their phones to conduct work late into the night then they’re less able to detach and disassociate from their job, which makes sleeping more difficult and can lead to mental fatigue.

And at the same time, the kind of blue light given off by these devices seems to interfere with the sleep hormone, melatonin. So there is both a psychological and physiological impact on sleep that can make it more difficult to engage the next day at work,” added Johnson.

Previous research has confirmed that devices that give off blue light, such as smartphones, tablets, computers and TV’s, affect the melatonin production in the body. This study looked at the differences between smartphone use for work or personal use. The results showed that using smartphones for business while in bed was associated with sleeping less.

Give yourself plenty of time to practice good “sleep hygiene” in order to get a good night’s rest. This means giving yourself time, before bed, that is free of anything work related and avoiding the use of electronic devices right before sleep.

If you experience extreme daytime sleepiness and snore during sleep you may have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA patients actually stop breathing during sleep! This leaves them feeling exhausted and can lead to heart attack, stroke and weight gain. Oral appliance therapy is highly effective at keeping the airway open during sleep and our patients find wearing an oral appliance comfortable and easy.

Find out more by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 to schedule your consultation.

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