Power down 30 minutes before bedtime

Your smartphone, tablet, laptop or TV could be keeping you awake at night

            A new study from Harvard Medical School says the lights that illuminate the screens of those devices could be distorting your body’s natural rhythms and stimulating your brain so much that it makes it harder for you to fall asleep and stay asleep.

            The result: Many people are not getting enough sleep, which has increased their use of caffeine—which also prevents good, quality sleep.

            Another study reveals that 30 percent of all working adults get fewer than six hours of sleep. Even children aren’t getting enough sleep because they’re playing video games or watching TV too close to bedtime.

            The solutions:

  • Power the TV, phone and tablet down 30 minutes before you get into bed.
  • Make your bedroom a gadget-free zone so you won’t be tempted to check your email one last time before your head hits the pillow.
  • Remove the TVs from your kids’ bedrooms so they can’t sneak a peek that might prevent them from getting the rest they need for a good tomorrow.