In today’s society, it’s almost impossible to not be on social media. With news articles, funny videos, and friend updates at the ready, sites such as Facebook really come in handy.
However, have we become so reliant on social media sites that it is now negatively impacting our sleep? When we stare at a phone or tablet screen right before bed, like most do, our body mistakes the daytime spectrum blue light emitted from the technology for actual sunlight.
This type of light actually mimics sunlight, which in turn tells your body it’s daytime and that it shouldn’t be going to sleep. Our brain then stops producing melatonin, the hormone that is essential for sleep, when it receives this light.