3 Ways Technology Can Influence Sleep

night owlWhether you’re an early bird or a night owl, you definitely use technological tactics and great gizmos during your everyday life. It is an age of technological dependence, and it can wreck many of our sleeping patterns if we allow it.

Check out three ways technology can play a role in your daily sleep patterns below.

#1: It Can Keep You Up At Night

As your waning hours of daylight subside, turn off your computer, shut down the TV, and avoid your smartphone for the rest of the evening. When you keep such technological forces out of your nighttime routine, your body’s natural sleep processes can remain efficient in helping you pass out. Harvard Medical School scientists recently discovered that the wavelengths of light given off from your favorite pieces of technology can inhibit your body’s ability to give off melatonin, a hormone that helps us drift into Dreamland. Choose soft yellow lighting instead if you need light while you wind down, which better allows for good sleep quality.

#2: It Can Relax You Rhythmically

Particularly during your work commutes, listening to music can give you some feel-good vibes that reset your emotions and reduce stress, leading to better sleep quality that night. The Mayo Clinic even indicates that music can relieve physical pain and even boost your memory. Make your own playlist that makes you feel good and remember how great life can be, to set yourself up for a positive bedtime, said Kelly Glazer Baron, director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.

#3: It Can Upset You In The Morning

Night owls are more often grumpy once the morning hours hit– but did you know that holding onto this knowledge of your normal sleep routine could be better for you than trying to take it out on whatever is within arm’s distance from your bed when you wake up?

“Accept that you’re not a morning person, and focus on the things you can do,” Baron offers. “Add some things into your morning routine that you enjoy, like listening to the radio as you get ready or sitting and drinking your coffee on the porch — things that will make your morning as pleasant as it can be.”

Even though you might not be a Mr. or Mrs. Morning, that doesn’t mean you have to be upset about it– simply accept that fact, and do what you can to make it an easier transition from sweet slumber to ready to rumble.

Always remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.

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