Tech Devices May Cause Troubled Sleeping

The light emitting from popular tablets, phones and computers may be keeping you from getting a well-deserved rest.
1:42 | 12/23/14

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A new health study now that may explain why we can't get a good night's sleep. 43% of Americans say it's a struggle. Dr. Jen Ashton is here. It could be the tablets and iPhones and computers. Absolutely. This is a researcher at Penn state university. They compared two groups of adults, those who read at night from an reader or back lit electronic book and traditional hard cover books. Those who read off an book were less sleepy, less R.E.M. Sleep, the deep stage of leasleep, and less morning alertness. All these things can worsen the sleep problem. Connected to the blue light in the tablet? Yes, it's the short wavelength blue light. It disrupts the circadian rhythms that set our sleep and wake cycle. It suppresses me la to anyone, the hormone that helps us fall asleep. No reader companies have responded yet. Is this a matter of unplugging before bedtime? It's not don't use them at all, but just before sleep. Unplug 30 to 60 minutes before bedtime. It's for our kids also. This is a startling statistic, the average American teenager spends seven and a half hours a day engaged in a combination of recreational media on their tech device and doing homework, a lot of which is done on a screen. Exactly. Thanks. You bet. Remember right now one of the most unique singing voices

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