Rumour: Smartphones disrupt our circadian rhythms that help us fall asleep.
Truth: This is true. With the increasing use of smartphones in today’s generation, using smartphones right before bedtime confuses the body’s natural circadian rhythms. Specifically, your body perceives the blue LED light being emitted from your smartphone as natural daylight. As a result, sleep quality and duration are negatively impacted.
An innovative study in the journal Child’s Nervous System conducted a study on boarding school students to see if sleeping was affected by their smartphone activity. The study found that students given more than 120 minutes of smartphone activity a night went to bed at a later time than students that had restricted smartphone activity.
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