Modern technology has given us the benefits of being able to access any information and communicate instantly with anyone, anywhere in the world, whether you just want to send text messages or spend an hour or two on video calls. However, just because something has its advantages, doesn't mean that it's the best in everything.
Many of us read off of e-readers, play video games or watch TV right before bed, and this comes at a cost to our sleep quality and overall health. But recently, I had a patient who, among other changes I advised, stopped using her mobile phone 1-2 hours before bed, and her energy levels improved.
Why Can Electronic Devices be Harmful?
So how does cutting back on the use of electronic devices improve sleep quality, and along with it, energy? The light emitting from these devices is higher in short wavelengths of light, meaning it has more "blue" light, and this has a greater effect on melatonin levels than any other wavelength. Melatonin aids sleep length and qual...