Your circadian rhythm can be interrupted from the light emitted from your phone, but how? What is it doing to your brain?

SeekerPublished: July 10, 2018Updated: July 11, 2018
Published: July 10, 2018Updated: July 11, 2018

Many of us watch T.V. or play games on our phones at night to unwind. It helps us switch into rest mode, but more and more research says watching T.V. in bed or falling asleep in front of the T.V. is really bad for your health.

With all the streaming services releasing full seasons as once, it’s easy to get sucked in and say “just one more” until suddenly it’s 3am and you’ve spent half your sleep hours yelling at Dustin and the Demogorgon! Then, when you do finally crawl into bed, you probably toss and turn and can’t sleep. Not only is this caused from you staying up and getting all riled up, but the light coming out of the T.V. itself is secretly messing with your body clock!

Humans naturally have a roughly 24-hour circadian cycle; for night owls it’s a little longer and for early birds it’s a little shorter. For humans, the cycle is highly influenced by light. Evolution tells us that when it’s light out we’re awake, and when it’s dark we sleep, which makes light a driver of our body clock.

Electric lighting has kinda knocked that clock out of whack, and the devices we use have an even stronger effect on out brain. So, why you can’t sleep after Leslie Knope’s recall, isn’t just your frustration, but it is also the type of light T.V.'s emit.

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