Experts recommend 'electronic curfew' for better sleep
Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:06:46 GMT —
If you're waking up tired, you may want to blame your electronic devices.
A poll from the National Sleep Foundation says 95-percent of people use an electronic device within an hour of going to sleep.
Experts say the light and noise may be disrupting your sleep cycles by tricking your body into thinking its daytime, which stops the production of a sleep hormone.
And that doesn't just apply to adults.
The NSF poll says nearly three of our four children ages 6 to 17 have at least one electronic device in the bedroom while they are sleeping.
Those children who leave the electronic devices, on average, get up to nearly one hour less of sleep per night. Parents also report the child's sleep quality is also diminished.
The same goes for older children. Teens who leave devices on are estimated to get, on average, half an hour less sleep on school nights than those who never leave devices on.
"To ensure a better night's sleep for their children, parents may want to limit their children's using technology in the bedroom near or during bedtime," said Orfeu Buxton, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School.
But parents should live by the same rules, the foundation says, setting an "electronic curfew," shutting everything off one-hour before bedtime.