Sleep, Not Screens

While it's generally becoming understood that light-emitting screens can cause problems when it's time to go to sleep, we're just now beginning to realize the longer-term impact that may come when we take our screens to bed with us. The chronic suppression of melatonin has been linked to increased risk of various cancers, obesity & diabetes.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2014/12/22/ipads-tablets-smartphones-disrupt-good-sleep-study-finds/

Better Sleep Through Your Feet?

Trouble falling or staying asleep? This simple sleep hack from Science Of Us might help do the trick. Try putting a foot (or both feet) outside the covers to help better regulate your overall body temperature so it's more conducive to sleepy time. If you're like me, that means getting over the childhood fear that the monster under the bed could get your feet if they're not covered, but maybe that risk is worth the reward of a good night's sleep.

http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2014/08/sleep-hack-keep-one-foot-outside-your-covers.html

The Right Color For Night Lights

Dr. Michael Grander, who is board-certifed in Behavioral Sleep Medicine, has learned that when it comes to waking up in the middle of the night, the color of a night light can make a big difference when you return to bed & try to return to sleep. (Apparently, I need to go exchange mine.) Happy sleeping!

"The reason why the reddish, yellowish, orangish light is better is because the light that your eyes use to tell daytime versus nighttime is blueish-greenish light. But in reddish-orange light, you don't have those frequencies, so it won't give as much of a daytime signal."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/12/nightlight-color-better-sleep_n_6142098.html

Artificial Light Keeping You Awake At Night?

Australian researchers are making the case that light-emitting technology is drastically impacting our quality of sleep, or lack thereof. It's all about the light changing our melatonin supply, in turn compromising the ability to get a good night's sleep. Learn more about how you can alter your screen time to help catch a few more zzz's.

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-01/artificial-light-leading-to-increase-in-sleep-disorders/4790448

Insomnia? Set Up Your Bedroom For Better Sleep.

Sleep can be hard for some of us. Many of us aren't getting enough of it & that can have a serious impact on our day-to-day mental health. For serious cases, there is medication. However, before going down that road you might try a few of these simple tips on how to make your bedroom more sleep-friendly, brought to you by Michael Decker, Ph.D., an associate professor at Georgia State University and spokesman for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine & HuffPost blogger Michael Breus, Ph.D., author of "The Sleep Doctor's Diet Plan." 
 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/06/bedroom-sleep_n_1847576.html