Mommy blogger Titania Jordan tosses and turns for hours each night, and she thinks she knows why.
She says, “From about 7 pm ’til midnight, i am in front of a screen. I’m on the computer; i’m on my mobile device.”
She could be right. Researchers, including Harvard University’s Dr. Steven Lockley, argues light suppresses melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate sleep.
But nowadays, we’re flooded with light. Whether we’re texting, e-mailing, or catching up on TV.
Lockley says, “It’s a very unnatural thing for us to do, and so when we expose ourselves to light at night, we tell the brain that it’s daytime.”
That little bit of light can throw off our body clock. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine says it’s important to raise a red flag about blue wavelengths, the kind emitted by energy efficient lightbulbs and electronic gadgets.