Banish those electronics to the living room
What’s that about dimming screens? Turns out staring at a bright screen in a dark room is not good for you. Wendy Troxel, a senior behavioral and social scientist who specializes in sleep at the RAND Corporation, says that the average person is overstimulating themselves at exactly the wrong time.
“Social media, work, and video games are far too stimulating,” Troxel says. “Exposure to light from electronic devices can directly suppress the hormone melatonin, which signals sleep onset.”
Those backlit screens from your smartphones and tablets are actually more harmful than the average incandescent light bulb, as well, since LED screens emit “blue-light wavelengths” that can have damaging effects on melatonin levels. Those emails and tweets can wait, people. Just log off.