Is Your iPad Causing Sleep Problems?

September 8, 2012  |  sleep problems

dog sleepingPeople are taking their iPads everywhere – even to bed. 

In fact, you may even be doing the same thing, too.

Yet, did you know that using an iPad before bedtime can have an effect on your sleeping habits?

Reasons Why The iPad Alters Your Sleeping Pattern

It inhibits melatonin release in the body.

The lights emitted by your tablet PC causes an inhibition of the body’s melatonin. Melatonin is the hormone that facilitates the circadian rhythms or the sleeping and waking cycles. It is produced by the pineal gland on your brain.

Your tablet possesses a touch-screen LCD that emits light just like that of your television and computer. When the iPad emits its bright light, it suppresses the melatonin production and release in the body. Most people keep their iPads at least a foot or even just inches away from their faces. Doing so exposes your eyes directly to abnormal light, which disrupts your melatonin secretion. This will then cause your sleeping problem.

It stimulates your brain.

Aside from your tablet’s ability to suppress melatonin secretion, it can also stimulate your brain. Instead of relaxing and falling asleep, it keeps you awake longer instead.

What To Di If You Still Want To Use Your iPad To Bed

Most people are not willing to give up their iPads during bedtime. This is expected, after all. Despite its ability to cause sleep problems, it still has features and advantages that you, like many other users, are not willing to give up just yet. You may want to play a quick game of Words with Friends or read the daily news before calling it a night. If this is the case though, here are some things that you can do to optimize your tablet and help promote better sleep.

Turn down the lights. Most of the time, users utilize the full brightness of the device. Don’t forget that your tablet  has an automatic dimmer function that you can use at night. You may switch off the lights in your room, too.

Buy a filter. A filter can aid in lowering the glare and in wiping out the melatonin-killer blue light. In looking for a good filter, choose the one that interrupts wavelengths less than 520 nanometers. This may lessen the color quality, though.

Impose a time limit. Since iPad has the ability to interrupt your circadian rhythms, you may need to limit the time you spend using the product at night.

Use the appropriate proximity. Using the gadget too closely may intensify the negative effects of its light. It would be better if you put a good distance between you and your gadget.

How about the iPhones?

 Other small devices like the iPhone may not influence your sleeping pattern. The reason is simple. The smaller the gadget, the lesser the light. Yet, even if iPhones do not disrupt your melatonin supply, it may still stimulate your brain and delay your sleep. With that said, it’s good to use all devices moderately and follow the tips mentioned above in order to prevent them from running your sleep.