If, like many people, the last thing you reach for before you settle down for the night is your smartphone, take a look at how a final helping of email and social media could be affecting your health …

BEDTIME HABITS

Research has determined that using smartphones, tablets and basically any kind of visual tech before sleeping can be bad for you.

Smartphones and other tech emit a light frequency which emulates sunlight and basically tells your brain to stop producing melatonin, the hormone that regulates circadian rhythm and tells your body when it’s time to wake and when it’s time to sleep. Apparently this can potentially lead to all kinds of problems including poor sleep, vision problems, and depression.

So, it’s time to consider whether checking email, scanning your social media apps, and playing games on your phone just before going to sleep is a habit you should continue.

You may find it really hard to give up your smartphone before bedtime, but it could pay off in the long run.

REST & REPAIR

In a regular night’s sleep cycle, the body begins it’s  housekeeping schedule as various organs work to maintain your health and vitality .

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Between 1:00am and 3:00 am the body begins its detoxification and renewal process.

From 3:00am to 5:00am your lungs are under repair and flooding your body with oxygen .. so the idea of sleeping in a well-ventilated room isn’t such a bad one after all.

and .. from 5:00am to 7:00am any toxins broken down throughout the night are cleared out of your system, indicating that the digestive function, specifically the area of the large intestine is active and completing the process.

Clearly times will be approximate and reliant on your initial shutdown for the night, but sometime before midnight, that yawn and a feeling of tiredness could indicate that your body is releasing melatonin and your endocrine system is rebalancing by replenishing enzymes and encouraging you to rest.

Down the Rabbit Hole

So, before you disappear ‘down the rabbit hole’ into ‘dreamland’ for the night, can you resist a last look, one last glance into the social media looking-glass … ?

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True, it could be hard to part without a last look at something which is so continually updating and available.

Social-media is now an inherent part of our lives, and swishing through the various mini-screens of endless information is admittedly immensely satisfying, but is it more a compulsion than a necessity.

Does your nightly forage into the world of twitter, facebook and Instagram serve a totally ‘essential’  purpose, or is it fundamentally just a habitual need. After all, if you were stranded on a desert island with no tech at all and had just a pile of books to read before bedtime, would you pick one up or just settle down for a good night’s sleep.

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