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Screens could be stopping sleep

Jonathan Warren

08.03.2011

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Jonathan Warren
77005750We all love the convenience of modern gadgets, but our use of technology could be preventing us from getting enough sleep according to research. A poll conducted on behalf of the US National Sleep Foundation found that 95 per cent of Americans use at least one kind of electronic item before bed, with six in ten admitting that they use their laptops or computers within the hour before they hit the sack at least a few nights per week. Experts fear these late night sessions could be detrimental to sleep levels, with 24 per cent of Americans reporting that they rarely or never get enough sleep on weeknights. Charles Czeisler, PhD, MD, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital said: "Artificial light exposure between dusk and the time we go to bed at night suppresses release of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin, enhances alertness and shifts circadian rhythms to a later hour — making it more difficult to fall asleep".

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Jonathan Warren

Jonathan Warren

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