For many of us, our work life and home life resides on a thin line between sanity and insanity. More people are taking their work home with them, because their jobs need them to be on call for a fair amount of the day and sometimes into the night.
And now with the feature-packed smartphone, emails and text messages are easily the go-to tool for communication, leaving many glued to our smart devices. Some of us even sleep with these things right beside our beds or even next to a pillow.
But what you might not know, is the impact on the quality of sleep these powerful communications device pose. Studies have shown, that our mobile phones have been linked to some serious physical and mental health problems.
Even the LED screens, may have a negative effect on our eyes at night, which are emitted at high levels and can cause damage to the retina.
A blue light during the night can disrupt the brain’s production of melatonin, which is responsible for regulating the sleep cycle. Waking up in the middle of the night just to check a message on your device could be a cause of extreme morning time drowsiness.
As you can see from the video by Everyday Chemistry, it’s not a great idea to be on your phone at night when you should be sleeping.
Getting at least an hour of sunlight in the morning, will help regulate melatonin production levels and improve the sleep cycle. A bit of morning sunlight getting through to the retina, stimulating the pineal gland will help in melatonin production, which in turn will help you feel better.
Another reason contributing to ill-health from smartphones, are germs. When you stop and think about it, how many places do you take your device to. You don’t really give much of a thought about where you place your phone. Think about how many times you’ve had to open a door, handling the door knob where many people have touched, and you put your hands on your phone to answer an incoming call, to where you hold it up to your ear. As germs can spread quickly, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to wipe your smartphone down on a regular basis, to cut down on germs.
But many of us are addicted to our phones. They do everything we want them to do, from browsing the web, to catching those special moment when you need a quick photo. But has all this technology made us more antisocial?
It seems as if the effects of being so hyper connected to the world does have some downsides. There are some that can’t hold a normal conversation, unless it’s on a phone or computer in a social media chat.
Smartphones, are great, and they do a lot. It’s an easier, more convenient way to stay connected. But as with all things, moderation is the key. We don’t always need these things right next to us, or being caught up with the next Facebook feed. There are some health risks associated with prolonged use of these devices, that we should keep in mind. Has the world gone crazy with these gadgets?