Having problems sleeping? You may want to look at this idea featured in Bloomberg.



Having problems sleeping? You may want to look at this idea featured in Bloomberg.

Many of us have problems with sleep. One of the reasons is that the hormone cortisol may not be at appropriate levels at night. There are many ways to deal with this including a product we carry called Cortisol Manager. Bloomberg mentions another reason that may have to do with our love for electronics.

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Your sleep problems could be coming from an unexpected place

Friday, January 10, 2014

From Bloomberg:

Having trouble sleeping? Check for a glow, inches from the pillow.

Using a smartphone, tablet or laptop at bedtime may be staving off sleep, according to Harvard Medical School scientists, who have found specific wavelengths of light can suppress the slumber-inducing hormone melatonin in the brain.

“We have biologically shifted ourselves so we can’t fall asleep earlier,” said Charles A. Czeisler, a professor of sleep medicine at Harvard Medical School. “The amazing thing is that we are still trying to get up with the chickens.”

The result is less sleep — and less time for the body to recover. Routinely getting fewer than 8 hours of sleep compromises alertness, reaction time, efficiency, productivity and mood, according to Australia’s Sleep Health Foundation.

In the U.S. alone, revenue from clinics treating sleep disorders expanded 12 percent annually from 2008 to 2011, reaching $6 billion, according to IBISWorld. Drowsy drivers cause 1,550 fatalities in the U.S. a year, the National Department of Transportation estimates, and insomnia-related accidents in the workplace cost $31.1 billion annually, a study last year found. Insufficient sleep has become so prevalent it is now considered a public health epidemic, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Sleep is in a battle for our time with work life, social life and family life,” said David Hillman, a sleep specialist at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth, Western Australia, and the chairman of the Sleep Health Foundation. “For a lot of us, it comes off a poor fourth in that battle.”

Many Gadgets

Regular sleep disturbances are associated with ailments including obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer, according to Hillman.

Modern technology isn’t helping.

The National Sleep Foundation in Arlington, Virginia, commissioned a survey of 1,500 randomly selected adults in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, U.K. and Japan to understand their bedroom environment and its effect on sleep for their inaugural 2013 International Bedroom Poll. The results, published in September, showed that more than half of respondents in the U.S., Canada and U.K., and two-thirds in Japan, used a computer, laptop or tablet in the hour before bed.

At least two-thirds of people in all countries surveyed watched TV in the hour before bed. Only about half said they get a good night’s sleep on work nights.

Body’s Rhythm

“It’s a massive issue, particularly when you talk about technology,” said Sarah Loughran, a sleep researcher at the University of Wollongong, south of Sydney. “We’re not just talking about mobile phones — but iPads, TVs, laptops. A lot of these things are in the bedroom.”

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