We all love our tablets, don’t we? Whether it’s an iPad, a Kindle or a Samsung Galaxy, tablets have made our lives more productive and oh so much more fun!
But Harvard research is now concluding that there may be a dark side to our love affair with the tablet. Like that hot guy that makes you weak in the knees–the one you just know is a heartache waiting to happen–your iPad may be bad for you.
The American Medical Association has issued a report which says exposure to excessive light at night, including electronic devices like TVs, tablets, and computers, can disrupt sleep or exacerbate sleep disorders.
Electronic devices emit at type of UV light called Blue Light. Blue light has been shown to inhibit the production of melatonin, a hormone necessary for restful sleep.
The amount of exposure to blue light, in length of time, as well as the brightness, and wavelength, determine whether the release of melatonin is delayed. Checking your email and watching a movie before bed could literally keep you awake, and not just because you’d like to lol a little longer about that cute cat video.
So, if you’re having trouble sleeping, put down your tablet. If you can’t live without it, get yourself a blue-blocking screen filter, like the SleepShield filters. When it’s bedtime, dim the lights, turn electronics off and relax into a better night’s sleep. You might just awake refreshed and ready for the new day. And you know what they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder, even if your true love is an iPad.