We all use smartphones and we use the all the time – which is very bad (especially at night!). We all know that “5 minute” game on Candy Crush, or a quick check on Facebook news feed can turn into a 4-hour marathon, and when realize it’s already 3 am.
Ladies and gentlemen, you should be very careful and avoid using your smartphone at night! Why – well, in this article we’re going to show you 3 good reasons why you should stop using your smartphone, especially before bedtime. According to the experts, the “blue light” that smartphones produce has been linked to some pretty serious health issues.
“Blue light is part of the full light spectrum, which means we’re exposed to it by the sun every day. However, nighttime exposure to that light, which is emitted at high levels by smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other LED screens, may be damaging your vision. It also suppresses production of the hormone melatonin, which throws off your body’s natural sleep cues.”
The experts warn that the night time smartphone use is linked to (at least) 3 health problems:
- Eye Damage
First of all, you should know that the “Blue light” exposure at night has been shown to cause damage to the retina and macular degeneration. Do you know what’s macular degeneration? Macular degeneration is the loss of central vision or the ability to see what is right in front of you. Cataract development may also be linked to blue light exposure.
- Sleep Loss
Ladies and gentlemen, as we mentioned before, the “blue light” disrupts melatonin production. Do you know what’s melatonin? Melatonin is a hormone that regulates the body’s sleeping cycle. Without a properly regulated sleep cycle, you cannot get enough of the sleep you need. Lack of sleep or skewed sleeping cycles are associated with a whole bunch of health issues.
- Heart Disease and Other Cardiovascular Problems
- Slower Response Time
- Lack of Memory Recall
- Aged Skin
- Weight Gain
- Higher Risk of Cancer
And last, but not least important – increased light at night and resulting sleep problems have been linked to a higher rate of cancer. This is especially true for breast and prostate cancer. Melatonin, suppressed by “blue light,” is also an antioxidant and has been shown to be essential in the body’s natural fight against cancer.
Let me say this in the simplest way possible – melatonin helps the body fight cancer and “blue light” decreases this production. And, don’t get us wrong – one-time disruption would not be a serious issue. But, you should be very careful, because if you use your smartphone all the time, this will begin to add up and create the problems listed above.