If you’re like most Americans, your smartphone is the last thing you look at when you fall asleep and the first thing you check when you wake up.
It turns out that this habit may be impacting not just your health but your happiness as well.
See the damage you’re doing by sleeping with your smartphone.
The light from the screen can ruin your sleep cycle.
Screens emit blue and white light, which prevents your brain from releasing melatonin, which helps put you to sleep.
In fact, it can be responsible for a “cell phone hangover” the next day.
Your body tricks itself to stay awake when you’re on your phone.
Aside from the light, the phone’s array of images and brightness stimulates your brain, keeping you from getting the sleep you need.
Says UCLA professor Dr. Dan Siegel from the School of Medicine:
“People are exposing their eyes to this stream of photons from these objects that basically tells your brain, ‘Stay awake! It’s not time to go to sleep yet.’”
In short, the lack of sleep makes life, well…worse.
When you’re in bed with your phone, it’s directly competing with good, natural sleep for your time. Put the phone away and choose sleep.
Phone use in bed increases your risk of obesity, too.
The light from your phone doesn’t just mess with your sleep. It also changes the release of your hormones which have been proven to lead to weight gain.
It’s not a foolproof way to diet, but turning your phone off before bed will help you in dropping some pounds.
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