Everyone likes to browse on the Net, to play a game, or use some new application on their smartphone before going to bed. You might want to check the weather forecast for the next day, chat with your friends, or see the pictures you took that afternoon.
However, researchers are constantly examining the effects of the smartphones on our health and wellbeing and their findings aren’t positive.
You may have already heard about cell phone radiation, which is a thing that numerous people worry about. Apparently, the blue light that has been emitted by these phones causes many different severe health problems.
“The blue light is part of the full light spectrum, which means we are exposed to it by the sun each day. However, nighttime exposure to that light, which is emitted at high levels by tablets, smartphones, laptops, and other LED screens, might be damaging your vision. It also suppresses the production of the hormone melatonin, which throws off your body’s natural sleep cues.”
Scientists have found that smartphones are linked to the following three health issues:
- Increased cancer risk
Increased light at night can lead to disturbed sleep, and this raises the cancer risk, especially prostate and breasts cancer.
Melatonin is a very potent antioxidant and a natural weapon of the body against cancer, but it’s suppressed by “blue light”. If this happens one time, it might not be a huge health issue, but continued use of smartphones at bedtime can cause severe health problems.
- Sleep Loss
“Blue light” disrupts the production of melatonin, as we mentioned above, and this hormone regulates the sleeping cycle of the body. In case the body lacks sleep, the skewed sleeping cycle is going to lead to multiple health issues:
- Cardiovascular Problems
- Weight gain
- Aged Skin
- Lack of Memory Recall
- Slower Response Time
- Eye Damage
The exposure to the “blue light” at night leads to damage to the retina and macular degeneration, and that means loss of central vision, or the ability to see in front of you, as well as cataracts.
As stated by one doctor, whose 35-years old patient had cloudy, cataract-affected eyes similar to those of a 75-years old person, the use of smartphones before going to sleep is the main cause of the issue, but this has to be examined further.
After you’ve read this, would you still use your smartphone at bedtime?