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How Technology is Changing the Way We Sleep

The high-tech world of sleep Technology has already taken over the living room (hello, smart TVs and DVR players) and the kitchen (think: programmable ovens and recipe apps instead of cookbooks), and now it’s set its sights on the bedroom. Probably the most obvious change in our bedtime routines these days is that many people curl up in bed with a smartphone or tablet instead of a book or magazine. In fact, 95 percent of people use some sort of electronic device at least a few nights a week during the hour before bed. This makes it tougher to fall asleep. Reading a work email at 9:30pm can keep you up with stress, the…

Scary Ways Technology Affects Your Sleep

Three ways gadgets are keeping you awake Our cell phones, tablets, computers and other electronic gadgets have become such a huge part of our daily lives that it’s often hard to put them down—even at bedtime. Keeping your phone on your nightstand may not seem like a big deal, but technology affects your sleep in more ways than you realize. Whether you’re surfing the web, playing a video game, or using your phone as an alarm clock in the late evening, you’re probably keeping yourself from a restful night. Learn the facts about digital devices, below, so you can nip your tech habits in the bud. They Suppress Melatonin. The blue light emitted by screens…

Technology Tips to Make Your Home More Sleep-Friendly

Six ways to create a healthier sleep environment Though gadgets can keep you awake at night, you can also use technology to make your home more sleep-friendly. Here are six easy fixes to make your bedroom a healthier sleeping environment. 1. Power Down Gadgets. The blue light emitted from the screens on your computer, cell phone, tablet, and television can keep you awake by suppressing melatonin, a hormone that controls your sleep/wake cycle. That’s why it’s best to ditch any devices at least 30 minutes before bed. 2. Stick to Sleeping. It may be tempting to add a desk to your bedroom so that it doubles as a home office, or an entertainment system. But…

How to Unwind Without Technology

What to do instead before bed to relax and drift into dreamland. If your usual bedtime routine involves TV, your cell phone, or a tablet, chances are you’re not sleeping as well as you could be. Even if you think that mindlessly clicking through your Facebook newsfeed and watching silly cat videos helps you to wind down, the light from those electronic screens may actually curb your body’s natural production of , the hormone that makes you feel sleepy. The result: You may take longer to nod off and wake up more frequently during the night. Instead, hit the “off” button on those digital devices and try these tech-free, sleep-inducing strategies for better zzz’s…