6 Serious Reasons Why You NEED to STOP Using Your Smartphone at Night!
We all use our smartphones 24/7. Even when we sleep, we tend to leave it next to our head. Moreover, before going to bed, we tend to browse, play a game, chat or do something else. What most people aren’t aware of is that this is a terrible habit and can be detrimental to the health.
6 Reasons to Stop Using Smartphone at Night
The blue light disrupts the production of melatonin and this hormone can trigger insomnia and irregular sleeping patterns. Over time, lack of sleep may also cause various of other ailments, such as weight gain, memory loss, aging skin, depression, and cardiovascular issues. So, if you cannot fall asleep without your phone, try reading a book as an alternative.
2) Eye Damage
Again, the exposure to the blue light at night can damage the retina and macular degeneration. This means that you won’t be able to see and you’ll be at greater risk of cataract. Various doctors claim that using a smartphone before going to bed are the culprit of cataract-affected eyes.
3) Increased Cancer Risk
This light, besides the fact that it leads to disrupted sleep, it increases the risk of breasts and prostate cancer. Melatonin protects the body against cancer. However, when it is suppressed for a long period of time, it increases the risk of cancer and other severe health problems.
People whose melatonin levels are suppressed, and whose body clocks are modified by light exposure are also more prone to depression. Lack of sleep interferes with our neurotransmitters, and can ultimately lead to a decline in synaptic signalling between neurons, which normally regulate our mood.
5) Weight gain
By disrupting our melatonin production and sleep cycles, smartphone light emissions at night can also mess with the hormones that control hunger, increasing the risk of obesity. According to Dr. Siegel, lack of sleep can ruin your insulin levels, which directly effects your body’s metabolism. If your metabolism is messed up, then your weight will be, too.
Getting less than seven hours of sleep at night can also prevent our glial cells from cleaning up the toxins that our brain cells produce. In over 95% of people, these toxins remain in the body and not surprisingly, contribute to weight gain.
6) Disrupts the brain
Not getting enough sleep caused by smartphone light can also make it harder to learn, and may leave you distracted and impair your memory the next day. When comparing the brain of sleep deprived individuals with those who have received plenty of sleep, scientists have found reduced metabolism and blood flow in multiple brain regions. This results in impaired cognitive function and behaviour.
How To Fix The Problem?
If you want to improve your sleep, you can follow these steps. They essentially include shutting off your electronics at least 1-2 hours before bed, and getting away from artificial light by using red LED christmas lights instead (that’s what I do).
Unfortunately, being glued to your screen before bedtime can be incredibly addicting and comforting in a sense. Almost ritualistic to be honest. I remember when I used to check all the pages that I followed in the wee hours of the night. Quitting had to be done cold turkey. Once you realize the negative benefits being on the phone before bed has on your health, you shouldn’t have any problem quitting.