Smartphones have become indispensable for our generation — we rely on them for work, entertainment, and everything in between. But that does not mean we should bring them to bed as well.
It’s common for most of us to snuggle up in the sheets with the phone in our hands, chatting with friends, playing games or watching videos at night. But this habit could take a toll on our health. Here’s how:
1. It Could Give You Sleepless Nights
Ever noticed that when you spend hours with your phone at night, you have trouble falling asleep?
That’s because of the blue light that your screen gives off. It reduces the secretion of melatonin, the hormone responsible for inducing sleep.
And since so many of us fall asleep with our phones in our hands, there’s the infamous radiation to deal with.
Although there are differing views about radiation being dangerous, it’s best to reduce screen time at night, because the insomnia bit is undisputed. Harvard Health suggests avoiding the phone 2-3 hours before bedtime.
Also Read: Leading psychiatrist Dr Bharat Shah explains the causes and cures of sleep deprivation.
2. It Could Cause Mental Disorders Like Depression & Anxiety
When you trade in your night’s sleep for smartphone time, you are messing with your mental health. How?
Research says that smartphones are responsible for insomnia. And as per many studies, “insomnia is bidirectionally related to anxiety and depression”.
So just a few sleepless nights in a row means you could suffer from anxiety or depression. If you are getting professionally treated for your disorder, you are less likely to respond because of your insomnia.
3. It Affects Your Weight & Physical Health
Several studies have linked sleep deprivation (less or poor quality of sleep) to health problems like diabetes, obesity, hypertension and heart disease. In fact, it even weakens the immune system, increases alcohol consumption, and lowers life expectancy.
Since not everything can be detected by science, it makes you wonder what other health problems lack of sleep brings about, doesn’t it?
4. It Makes You Less Smart
You’ve probably experienced it — each time you stayed up late watching videos or texting someone, you felt disoriented or ‘brain fogged’ the next morning.
You have a case of brain fog when you have trouble remembering things. Poor sleep reduces alertness and concentration. It results in bad memory, fatigue and impaired judgment, which can lead to a terrible day at work.
Phew! That was a scary list of repercussions, wasn’t it? But it will hopefully make it far less tempting for us to use our phones before we hit the sack.
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