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Electronic Devices in the Bedroom can Affect your Sleep

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We've been told that sleep plays a role in overall health. So, it is really important to get good quality sleep.

But Amanda Griffin, Assistant Professor for the Department of Pediatrics for Texas Tech University Health and Science Center, says that quality of sleep can be distributed by the growing age of electronic devices.  

"Having any electronic devices in the bedroom has been shown to cause problems such as insomnia and and distributed sleep cycles," said Griffin. 

Even using your electronic devices right before going to bed can also be bad for your sleep cycle.  

"The things that you read and that you see on them can stimulate your thoughts and you have a harder time winding down to actually fall asleep," said Griffin. 

Griffin also say the lights from computers, cell phones and tablets can trick your body into thinking it's day time.

As a result they say your body wont produce hormones that helps you sleep.

"Like Melatonin. So, you can end up with lower levels of Melatonin and then a disrupted sleep cycle," said Griffin.

But the solution can be as easy as giving yourself an electronic curfew.  

"Turning off electronic devices up to an hour before bedtime, in fact housing and docking all of them outside of the bedroom," said Griffin.  

Griffin also recommended not having a TV in the bedroom.  

"Using the bedroom as a place of sleep, not a place to watch TV and other activities can also help promote safe sleep," said Griffin. 

But if you have a TV in the bedroom or for those who can't sleep without the light noise of a TV, most of them have timers that automatically turn off the screen as you sleep. 

"So that those lights do not continue throughout the nighttime," said Griffin. 

Other health officials say having a good sleep routine of taking a bath, brushing you teeth, and even reading a book can help your sleep pattern.