Does Your Phone Really Hurt Your Sleep?

You begin the night by climbing in your nice warm bed, under the blankets, and you at once go through your social media. Afterward, you go to YouTube to check out a few hilarious and relaxing videos. Then you realize it’s 2 am.

So how does this occur? Blue Light screens, those screens we have on all of our phones. It is known that artificial Blue Light leads to eyestrain, laziness, headaches, and insomnia. Teens who use phones before bed are more likely to have insomnia.
You all may ask yourself and others, where is the blue light? Throughout our entire world, if you are ever in Times Square, NY you will be surrounded by Blue Light. Do you know those electronic billboards, promoting thousands of advertisements to millions of people? They have tons of blue light inside of them.

It’s known that when looking at a computer or phone screen for a long time, people often blink more than when looking at something in natural light. Blue Light is also known to interfere with melatonin, which worsens insomnia.

Doctors are recommending less blue light exposure to adults and kids, considering most of the average human gets exposed to blue light sometimes over 10 hours a day.

“After staring at a computer screen for an entire class period, when walking outside going to my next class, I end up with a headache.” States Alyssa Coburn, an 8th Grader at Harvest Middle School.

Although, Quinlin Gallagher, also an 8th grader at Harvest Middle School, says, “It doesn’t bother me, I’ve been staring at a computer screen since I was about five.”

It varies in people, but the one question is, how can we solve this? Well, avoid the electronics a few hours before bed, which might help you fall asleep easier. Or you may try reading a book 30 minutes before bed. I mean sure we all cherish our phones and all, plus we need to set our alarms for school in the morning.

In the end, should we have our phones before bed? That is up to you but read a book, sketch in a sketchbook, do something else if you don’t want to be restless the next day.