In the world we live in, there is barely a time when we don’t have our eyes set on a screen of some sort. In the morning we pop the news on the television and check out social media via our smartphone. We keep our eyes glued to the boob tube while we eat breakfast and make sure to shoot off that email via our tablet before heading out of the office to sit in front of a computer all day. Sure, there are some of us whose lives are not bound by that description, but there are many of us that can relate to one or more scenarios we just illustrated.
The truth is, too much of anything, including the internet, is not good for you. Not only can too much internet time jeopardize your mental health, but too much screen time, in general, can also have a serious effect on your sleeping patterns.
Is Sleeping Important?
Sure, it is. This is a no-brainer really. All of us reading this, at one time or another, have had to stay up far too late and know how we have felt the next day if we didn’t have time to sleep in. But, just for education sake, let’s look over the reasons why sleep is one of the most important non-activities you can do for yourself.
We all know that a great night’s sleep is the best way to take on the next day, but do you know why? Well, here are a list of some benefits sleep brings to your waking days. You may find that you have an easier time battling depression, your lifespan can increase, any inflammation in your body will heal, your attention skills and level of alertness will be at its peak, you will shed pounds, be more creative, and stress will become a distant stranger. Not too shabby when all you have to do is lay in bed and dream the night away.
You Too Can Sleep Again
The best way to solve your problem of not sleeping is a natural way. This means by setting a schedule for yourself, shutting down your devices and getting in bed when the time arises. Natural aids are great because they don’t add any unnecessary substances like medicines in your body. In fact, there are quite a few top brands of natural mattresses that can help you in your quest for sleep.
Yet, we suspect, the main thief of your precious rest time is sitting in front of you right now. Your screen, and it is hurting your sleep chances more than you know.
This hormone, which is released by the pineal gland, which is endocrine, and it is located in the fluid-filled portion of your brain. You could never feel it because this gland is buried underneath your brain matter. It is important because, when the pineal gland releases melatonin, your brain is telling your body that it is time to go to sleep.
How Does It Know This?
Your pineal gland knows that it’s time to release melatonin when the day turns to night. It’s that simple. Your eyes send a message to your brain that the sun has gone down, and it tells the pineal gland it’s time for rest and repair. In response, it produces melatonin and you fall asleep. These cycles are known as circadian rhythms, and they have a great deal to do with how well you sleep.
When you keep your eyes on your screen, be it your television, your smartphone, your laptop, or your tablet, your mind is not receiving the message that it’s dark outside because these devices have been proven to contain certain wavelengths of light that inhibit melatonin production. It should be as no surprise to you that screen time has been suggested as a cause for some insomnia.
Unlike melatonin, which is suppressed from too much screen time, cortisol is increased, which isn’t great news for anyone because of cortisol, a hormone that responds to stress, which can also interrupt sleep. This happens because, when you are looking at your devices, and text or email, your body becomes stressed. In response, your adrenal glands produce cortisol.
What Happens When You Don’t Sleep?
We love our devices as much as the next person, and it seems that we will be only moving forward with technology and hopefully not backward. Yet, by looking at your device all day you are compromising some seriously important things in an exchange with keeping connected.
Here are some we have found. You can gain weight, which increases your chances of getting diabetes. You can get an illness due to internal inflammation. Your heart and blood vessels won’t get the repair time they need, and you will become forgetful. If that isn’t enough, you are less alert, and your looks can suffer to the point of you looking years older than you actually are.
Sleep is important. We can’t state it any simpler than that. Shut it off and go to sleep. Your devices will be there in the morning when you wake up and there is no message so important that it can’t wait for sunrise.