If you are suffering from sleep loss for some time now then don’t ignore it. Some people think that it can be due to small kids or insomnia issues. These are valid reasons but sometimes you need to look beyond easy blames to determine some unfamiliar reasons why you aren’t sleeping well. Technology is also a culprit that can affect your sleep.
First, consider mattress technology
As you cannot sleep, you reach out towards your mobile phone or remote control to switch on the TV. Falling asleep seems to be practically impossible. First determine, whether you need a new or better mattress. Your mattress may be very large or firm. Few best mattresses are.
The perfect mattress for those suffering from chronic pain or who prefer to be cradled. Temperature-sensitive technology is employed in memory foam, which molds hot body spots by applying pressure and relieving those particular areas.
A latex mattress is the same as memory foam except it is all-natural and more durable. You can even buy a synthetic blend. Latex is pricier than memory foam because of the technique and material used to manufacture them.
Innerspring mattresses are the best option for those who need firm support. Such mattresses have been equipped with springs that adjust according to body pressure. For something a little soft, choose a hybrid style with a pillow top for extra comfort.
Other techno dangers to consider
More than 90% use technology just before they go to bed. It seems a natural activity because you are surrounded by technology the whole day – at work, while commuting, at home, and even while playing. Therefore, it makes sense that you even carry it to bed.
Unfortunately, your body and technology are not compatible, when you go to sleep. Therefore, it becomes crucial to learn healthy habits related to sleep and technology, to benefit from what both have to offer.
Wi-Fi signals discharged by devices can hinder your sleep. Researchers studied that different signal strengths and frequencies affect sleep differently. In a study, the group exposed to Wi-Fi waves and real cell phone signals found it very hard to fall and stay asleep. To find out if Wi-Fi signals are hindering your sleep ability keep all your electronic devices outside your bedroom. If you don’t experience better sleep in a week, then dig deeper.
The disadvantage of living in the modern world is that majority of people live a ‘wired life’. Not a single day passes without using some type of technology. It is mainly because you seek information or desire to gain knowledge about something you are interested in.
Brains are loaded with information. It does not matter, if you watch an action pack movie or late-night news or your favorite TV serials repeat telecast or read. This is called cognitive stimulation. It is great for brain exercise but needs to be done during the day instead of at night.
Two hours before bedtime allow your brain to wind down and rest for an overload of new information you learned and the day’s activities. If you read the latest news updates or scour science articles lying in bed with a digital device then your brain will buzz.
To fix this stop revving your brain before bed. Even watching boring TV shows can excite your brain and keep you awake.
To fall asleep comfortably human body, need to undergo a process to create melatonin. This hormone signals your brain that it is night and time to sleep. When you look at bright screens, light absorbed through your eyes delays the release of melatonin.
So, it becomes difficult to fall asleep. Advanced technology has rewarded people with tablets, smartphones, and e-readers. So, people spend hours during nighttime looking at bright screens. Even if you lower the brightness setting, your eyes still cannot handle it.
In a study, volunteers who stared at a bright screen for 2 hours before going to bed couldn’t fall asleep. They had to struggle for a long. To rectify this situation, you can quit screen time before bed [2 hours minimum] for a week to find out.
Wrap all your laptop work early during the day. If you need to use technology during the nighttime then use apps, which help with this problem. The app monitors your time and if it gets late the screen turns from cold blue to soft pink.