These days, most of us sleep with our phones near us but this is really a habit we should get rid of.
Whether it’s because your phone is the last thing you check at night or the first thing you look at in the morning, or because you use it as an alarm or even as a torch when you wake up at night, research suggests you should stop doing so.
The first and obvious reason for this is that receiving messages and phone calls could wake you and disrupt your sleep rhythm, but it turns out that even putting your phone on silent can have negative effects on your sleep.
This is because mobile phones emit blue-light which can hinder the production of melatonin (the sleep-inducing hormone). It is mostly thought that this is happens because blue-light is similar to daylight, which leads our body to think it’s day time and therefore that we shouldn’t be sleeping.
But even if you switch your phone off entirely, excess exposure to the electromagnetic radiation given off by phones might lead to cancers and have negative effects on reproductive systems. The exact relationship is not yet clear, but one’s thing for sure: the more you can avoid exposing yourself to unnecessary radiation, the better!
So try turning your phone off tonight, and make sure you store it away outside your room! Sweet dreams…
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