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ipad insomnia

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.

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Sebrina Smith

Sebrina Zerkus Smith is a Southern Gal that has been scratching the writer’s itch for nearly 30 years. Her career began in Washington, D.C., in 1987, fresh out of collage and full of ideals. While plying her trade by day on congressional reps and senators, at night she burned the candle writing features for local newspapers and national magazines. She quickly realized that her southern upbringing gave her a unique and humorous voice that resonated with her readers. Eventually, she moved to Los Angeles where she pursued her dream of becoming a novelist and screenwriter. She paid her bills by working as a freelance writer for major marketing projects from studios such as CBS, NBC and Disney. Realizing that the future of writing lay with the internet, she was bitten by the blogging bug back in the 90’s, back before it was even called “blogging.” Then it was still just writing and trying to make a living. Through those early blogging years, Sebrina found passion and purpose. Over the past 10 years she has written articles for clients such as LightCues.com, MatterMore.com, Greenopolis, MacAddict, Yahoo, CNN and more. Today, Sebrina writes about a variety of topics including the Southern Experience, sustainability, clean water, food, gardening, sleep and her obsession with pugs. She is a regular paid contributor to WildOats.com as well as other entities. She now lives in Houston with her husband Jeff and their pug Newton. She hopes one day to complete her opus, Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed.