Electronic gadgets can have negative effects on sleep

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Monday, March 3, 2014 4:31 pm

SARASOTA, Fla. - If you aren’t getting enough sleep, your high-tech gadgets may be to blame. According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 90% of Americans regularly use a computer, or an electronic device of some kind in the hour before bed.

But the real lights that are a problem are the ones that come off of television sets, and to some extent, cell phones.

Light emitted from your electronic devices may be robbing you of a good night’s sleep. Dr. Matthew Edlund, author of The Power of Rest, says excessive light ruins sleep. And the many high-tech gadgets that never sleep may be the cause of your restless nights. “I have a clock that has a digital dial, there are lights on my TV, and other equipment. Sometimes during the night my computer will flash; that will wake me up."

Susan Defresco says she can’t remember the last time she had a good night’s sleep. “It’s been quite a long time; years, probably.”

She says she's very, very tired. “I stay asleep for a few hours, I'll wake up, go back to sleep for a little bit, wake up again."

She says the TV helps her fall asleep; but that, along with her other gadgets, may be stealing her ZZZ's. “All the lights off your television set, and they never go off. Then you've got the lights from your clocks, then you've got the lights from your tablets, or whatever else you happen to have. Then there are the infra-red lights.”

Lack of sleep contributes to a long list of health problems, including irritability, infections, and colds.

"More heart attacks, more strokes, more depression," says Dr. Edlund.

He says the solution to a good night’s rest may be in the flick of a switch. “Turn off the electronics at least a half hour before you go to bed."

Other suggestions include waking up to some kind of alarm, and going to bed and getting up at the same time every day so your biological clocks can get synchronized.

Dr. Edlund says set up a ritual, brush your teeth, turn off your lights, turn off your electronics, and get onto bed.

More about

More about

More about

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 2 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
  • 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
  • 4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Welcome to the discussion.

Featured Health Care Providers Sponsored directory

CARDIOLOGY - CROUCH

F. Michael Crouch, M.D.

View Profile >

PROSTATE CANCER

Michael J. Dattoli, MD

View Profile >

PRIMARY CARE

Jack E. Baron, MD

View Profile >

INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGIST

Gerald Grubbs, MD

View Profile >

SPORTS MEDICINE

John T. Moor, MD

View Profile >

GERIATRICS

Dr. Sarah Kagan, PhD, RN, FAAN

View Profile >

SUBMIT PHOTOS & VIDEOS | VIEW ALL PHOTOS & VIDEOS

Send your photos & videos to Pix@MySuncoast.com and you could be featured on ABC 7 & our website.