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Smartphones May be the Culprit in Disrupted Sleep Patterns

In the U.S. alone, sleep disorder expenditure expanded 12% from 2008 to 2011 and drowsy drivers causes 1,550 fatalities in the U.S. annually. Now, scientists have discovered what may be causing this disruption in sleep, Bloomberg News reports. “While the noisy ping of a nocturnal e-mail or text message can interrupt sleep, staring at the gadgets’ screen late at night may be more detrimental” where certain wavelengths may disrupt the release of melatonin, the body’s “sleep hormone.” According to researchers, the LED lights and short wavelength light used in smartphones and televisions are most disruptive to melatonin release and the body’s sleep-wake cycle. Sleep specialists advise to, “Relax, turn off the mobile phone and TV, and create a more pleasant bed-time routine.”

Read the article published by Bloomberg News.