As Man evolved from the Stone Age to the Dotcom Age, he has grown by leaps and bounds in the field of science and technology. A cell phone, seemed like a far-fetched dream just twenty years back. Today, even a toddler knows how to play a game or take a call on a mobile device! Considering the pace at which technology is advancing, the next big innovation seems only days away!
However, in an age where everything is just a click away, how difficult is it to practice restraint and take a little break? How long has it been since you slept like a baby?
The Biological Clock
Most of the chores that are done in a day, do not need special attention. Your body knows when it is hungry, when it has to use the bathroom and when it is time to go to bed! These actions are voluntary and are controlled by the biological clock, innate to every human being. Ever noticed how we get jet lagged when time zones change! It is your Body Clock at work! A hormone called Melatonin regulates and controls a lot of our bodily functions.
More about Melatonin
This is one heck of a hormone controlling almost all of our natural bodily functions; sleep, reproduction and blood pressure. Nothing messes with its working, when you lead a normal disciplined life. However, it is now proven that, usage of screens like laptops and cell phones at night hampers its production, in turn affecting sleep patterns.
Usage of screens at late night impacts sleep
Our cell phone is probably the last thing we see before going to bed and the very first thing we check after waking up. Some of us even wake up in the middle of the night to check our emails! The blue and white light radiated by these devices messes with the production of Melatonin in our body! This pushes our natural body clock further causing sleepless nights.
In the act of responding to an email or playing a video game, the brain gets charged up and electrical impulses are thrown around to make the body alert. This is the exact opposite to what should happen just before going to bed! In this this excited state, a hormone called Cortisol is released, putting the body into ‘fight or flight’ mode; far from the sleepy state it should actually be in.
Moreover, the glare from the screen causes a disturbed sleep significantly reducing the REM sleep duration.
8-hours of sleep for a healthy life:
A well rested body is a healthy body. The body performs important repair functions when it is asleep. A well rested person is more responsive, more creative, handles stress better and is much more productive. Sleep deprivation causes several health issues including cardiovascular diseases, obesity, diabetes and even cancer due to Melatonin suppression!
Disconnect for better sleep:
Simply turning off all the electronic gadgets 30 minutes before going to bed does wonders for your sleep patterns. Make your bedroom a screen-free room! Avoid setting up TVs in your bedrooms. It is said that it takes 21 days to form a habit. Why not begin today?