A new study from the University of California has revealed that there may be a link between smartphone use and poor quality sleep.
The purpose of the study was to ascertain whether the abusive use of smartphones can lead to sleep disorders. Previous studies have ascertained that mobile devices such as smartphones emit blue light, which can disrupt the normal sleep patterns, by overloading certain brain centers.
This new study shows that there may indeed be a link between smartphones and poor quality sleep. Dr. Gregory Marcy, the study’s senior researcher, commented that we spend a great deal of time using our mobile devices, and this aspect can take a toll on our health.
In order to ascertain the strength of the link between the two elements, Marcus, and his team invited hundreds of smartphone users of all ages to participate in a clinical study which lasted one month.
The team installed an application on each mobile phone to monitor how much it’s being used during a day. According to the numbers, each mobile phone owner uses his device for nearly four minutes each hour, which means that the average time spent on a smartphone is around 38 hours.
Marcus and his team have their reasons to believe that handset users who spend too much time on their smartphone have a high chance of developing sleep-related issues. The new data collected from Marcus’s study suggests that putting away our mobile phones one or two hours prior to bed can help us enhance the quality of our sleep.
However, the lead researcher admitted that the study has its limitations. More specifically, Marcus declared that a link between the two had been observed, but direct causality has yet to be established. He also seized this opportunity to remind the public about the importance of a good night’s sleep.
Poor quality sleep, Marcus added, might lead to serious health issues such as diabetes, increased blood pressure, and depression.
To summarize, at the moment, we could not say for certain if extensive smartphone use can lead to sleep disorders. However, we cannot refute that there is a strong connection between the two.
Presently, more research is being conducted to see whether this marvel of the modern world is responsible for chasing away the Sandman or not.
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