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Tune Out and Get to Sleep!

Technology is an amazing thing however be sure you are tuning out when it’s time to get some sleep!

Unfortunately most people use technology right before bed even though many medical experts have warned against it.

Lots of people watch tv before bed and many fall asleep to it which leaves you vulnerable to blue light even longer. The short-wave, blue light affects the releasing of melatonin in your body. Scientists say this interferes with our circadian rhythm which controls our biological, light/dark sleep cycle and it is regulated by melatonin.

Sleep is also impacted by the use of laptops/computers, video games and smartphones surfing the web and social media, decreasing the amount of REM sleep you are getting, keeping the brain active into the night and interrupting sleep patterns.

Postponing REM sleep can lead to focus issues, mood swings being groggy during your day and chronic sleep deprivation. 

A huge problem for people is not being able to get your brain to relax and by using your time before bed to check email, get caught up on social media and the news, create stress and keep your body tense. Any level of stress causes the brain to release cortisol, in turn making it very hard to loosen up and fall asleep. 

And an unusual trend is becoming more popular as people head to bed with their phones and that’s sleep texting. This occurs when you’re either falling asleep with your phone in your hand or even when you put your phone under your pillow. Once your body hears the ding or vibration of your text message, it’s so used to responding that you may become awakened just enough to answer. Since you are half asleep you may not realize what you are texting so best to wait to answer in the morning or even better … use that do not disturb feature to not be interrupted in the first place.

And if you’re worried about missing an important call or text from someone important, like your child, you can set that particular contact up to ring through as an emergency bypass.

Wishing all of our Friends sweet dreams … tonight and Into Tomorrow 

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Written by Beth Gatrell

Beth has been a multiple hat wearer at "Into Tomorrow" since the very beginning .... Currently specializing in guest relations and promotions. And wears an additional hat as a Mom of 2 beautiful girls.

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