Thursday, January 15, 2015

Relax...WITHOUT that Electronic Device

Articles were published in December 2014 that stated that the light from electronic devices may be negatively impacting our sleep. If we are STARTING A NEW ROUTINE IN 2015 and focusing in January on Relaxation, we must discuss sleep. On average, we do not get enough!

During a two week study conducted by the National Institute of Health, it was found that adults who read from electronic devices for fours hours a night prior to bed "displayed reduced levels of melatonin, a hormone that typically increases in the evening and helps induce sleepiness. They took longer to fall asleep and spent less time in restorative REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. In addition, [they] reported being sleepier and less alert the following morning, even after eight hours of sleep. They also displayed delayed circadian rhythms". If we can take time out of our busy schedules to read, perhaps we can invest in ONE traditional book, or magazine, or newspaper to read in our home prior to bed. The electronic device does save trees, but we do not want to lose sleep! If we limit our consumption of paper reading material to what we keep on hand to read before bed, we are being eco-friendly AND health conscious!

The article was found in the Washington Post December 23, 2104. The article by Brady Dennis is titled "Gadget glow may dim sleep and health prospects".

I love reading and am excited to start each new book. I know I am guilty of making the switch to an electronic device and reading from it more often than not because I can increase the font size and, thus, not have to use my glasses.

If you are looking for a new book to purchase in paper form, why not read one of the books that will be made into a movie in 2015. International Business Times has an article about the eight books:Insurgent by Veronica Roth, Brooklyn by Colm Toibin, Mockingjay (part 2) by Suzanne Collins, Paper Towns by John Greene, Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James, Last Apprentice by Joseph Delaney, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahme-Smith, and The Mortdecai Trilogy by Kyril Bonfiglioli.

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