Most of us enjoy browsing the internet, playing a game or simply watching our favorite series and movies on our laptops, tablets and smartphones before going to bed. Researchers on the other hand, are constantly examining the effects smartphones have on our health and overall wellbeing, and the effects are not so bright.
For starters, our cell phones emit blue light radiation which in the long run will end up causing serious health conditions.
For those unfamiliar, blue light is a part of the full light spectrum emitted by our sun. However, being exposed to blue light at night can seriously damage your vision, as well as suppress the production of melatonin, which can mess your body’s natural sleep cues.
According to numerous scientific studies, smartphones are linked to these three health issues:
Increased Risk of Cancer
Blue light radiation can mess up the natural sleeping cues of the body, and cause disturbed sleep, which raises the risk of prostate and breast cancer.
The melatonin hormone is a powerful antioxidant which efficiently fights off free radicals and cancer cells, but its production is suppressed by blue light.
As mentioned above, melatonin regulates our body’s sleeping cycle, and by suppressing its production, we are exposed to a disturbed and lack of sleep. This, can also lead to a chain of other health conditions such as:
- Aged skin
- Cardiovascular problems
- Weight gain
- Slow reflexes
- Memory loss
Exposure to blue light emitted from our screens can lead to macular and retina degeneration, which is the loss of central vision, and one of the most efficient way of avoiding this condition is by ditching the usage of smartphones, tablets, and laptops before going to bed.
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