Stop Using Self-luminous Electronic Gadgets, they Hamper Sleep

Lighting-Research-CenterResearchers from the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are suggesting people (especially teenagers) to avoid using mobile phones and tablets with a backlit display before going to sleep because they believe that the displays can be harmful to their health.

Experts are claiming that these displays can cause sleep problems like melatonin suppression and thus they suggest that people should avoid using such devices at least two hours before going to their bed.

Above are the findings of the new study that was performed by the researchers to clear the effects of the light from self-luminous electronic gadgets upon the user’s health. In their study, researchers made some of the teenagers wear special goggles to monitor the effects closely.

“Our study shows that a two-hour exposure to light from self-luminous electronic displays can suppress melatonin by about 22 per cent”, the Daily Mail quoted Mariana Figueiro as saying.

Melatonin is basically a chemical, which acts as timing messenger for the body and controls its clock by signaling all the night-time information throughout the body. This hormone is produced by the pineal gland at night. Its exposure to short-wavelength light can hamper the melatonin production and interrupt sleep. It can also increase the risks for diabetes and obesity in the body.

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