The Washington Post revealed some shocking news today. Even though decades have passed since the issue was first identified, apparently staring into a backlight screen late at night will still affect your sleep pattern.
From the Washington Post:
Basking in the blue glow of tablets, smartphones and other electronic devices before bedtime could be messing up our sleep patterns more profoundly than we realize, and even affecting our long-term health, according to a new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“It may be having a greater impact than we previously thought,” said Anne-Marie Chang, a professor at Penn State University and a co-author of the study, which was conducted at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
A growing body of evidence has suggested what many people have experienced firsthand — that the pervasive glow of electronic gadgets can hinder a good night’s sleep. But researchers behind Monday’s study, which was supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, set out to decipher what changes in the body cause those disruptions.
I don’t know about you, folks, but I’m surprised this counts as news.
I can recall reading stories for at least the last 4 years which said basically the same thing. Here’s one from CNN in 2010, for example, and here’s another story from WebMD in 2012, and then there’s this story published on Medical Daily in 2013.
All 3 stories cited medical professionals, and the last two even mentioned the results of studies which showed the connection between using an LCD screen and a negative impact on your sleep pattern. What’s more, these are just 3 of the dozens of stories written on this issue in the past 5 years; you can find more by Googling “iPad melatonin”.
Aside from the astounding detail that the Washington Post reporter didn’t find those older stories, there’s really not much in the way of news here today.
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