I was ready for an outdoor run. The sidewalk was not.
There’s another reason computers, phones and other technology can perturb sleep when used shortly before bed, says the University of Wollongong’s Loughran. Engaging the brain with information that’s exciting or provocative can trigger emotional and other hormonal responses, including the release of adrenalin. “In evolutionary terms, as soon as you have something to which you have to respond, a little blip of adrenalin let’s say, you’re in a mode that might require a response,” said Susan A. Greenfield, senior research fellow at England’s Oxford University, whose interests include the impact of modern technologies on the brain. “You have to put yourself in an environment where you can feel relaxed and safe, where you can go back into your inner world just before you go to sleep.”
In our house, there’s a no-screens-at-the-dinner-table rule. After reading this, I’m thinking a no-screens-in-bed rule might be in order!
According to a survey by Jawbone, makers of the UP physical fitness tracker, people who use their laptops and smartphones in bed spend less time sleeping than those who don’t — and that’s having a negative impact on our productivity and overall well-being.Not Sleeping Well? Blame Your Smartphone
Halfway through and good so far. Back on track for book club.