These days, e-readers are increasing in popularity, as more and more consumers begin to appreciate the ease and convenience associated with digital books. Unfortunately, a recent study suggests that too much exposure to these modern devices could lead to sleep problems.
Study Raises Concern
Research conducted at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute suggests that e-readers can interfere with our natural circadian rhythm. According to researchers, e-readers, iPads and other luminous back-lit displays expose the eye to blue light, which suppresses melatonin production by mimicking natural sunlight.
After testing several subjects, the researchers determined that as little as two hours of e-reader exposure resulted in a 22 percent reduction in melatonin. This type of reduction can make it difficult for readers to fall asleep, while promoting shallower, less restorative sleep when they do.
To minimize melatonin suppression, experts recommend that people avoid e-readers within four hours of bedtime.
Is Your E-reader the Problem?
While avoiding e-readers may be a smart way to promote deeper sleep; it won’t have much effect on people who owe their sleeping difficulties to sleep apnea. Because it causes sufferers to stop breathing intermittently throughout the night, sleep apnea prevents sufferers from staying asleep.
Ultimately, behavioral changes have little effect on this dangerous disorder; however, the right treatment can be a lifesaver. To learn about an effective sleep apnea treatment that can help you get a full night’s rest each and every night, contact Berry's office online or call (303) 691-0267 today.