Share these 5 tips from LiveScience with your patients who are being kept awake by their electronic devices.
Yet getting a good night’s sleep isn’t necessarily just a matter of carving out a seven- or eight-hour block of time. Live Science talked with Nancy H. Rothstein, a sleep expert and business consultant, and learned these five tips to help gadget junkies sleep better.
1. Make sure the gadgets go to bed an hour before you do. Following this rule does more than simply give your brain time to chill out, Rothstein said. The blue-spectrum light emitted from computers and hand-held devices inhibits the flow of melatonin, a hormone necessary for sleep. A study published in 2011 by scientists at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and NASA demonstrated this finding and, conversely, found that blue light was quite effective at inducing alertness.