Are Your Gadgets Affecting Your Sleep Quality?

Adjusting to CPAP therapy can be difficult, but it is often the case that beginning therapy can greatly increase your quality of sleep.  If you find that you’re still not feeling as restful as you’d like, however, there could be other reasons.  Did you know that if you get under seven hours of sleep per night you are considered sleep deprived?  If not, you’re not alone.  Over two-thirds of people fall into this category, making it a widely spread condition affecting adults worldwide.  It turns out that our culture’s obsession with electronics could be partly to blame – your cellphone, laptop or tablet could be one of the culprits causing you to have those restless nights.

The social aspect of these devices are partly to blame, with many people constantly checking their social media account, email, electronic news, or any other ‘app’ you can think of.  Many people don’t turn off their devices during the night which certainly can disturb your rest if they ring or vibrate, but more so to blame is the scientific side of these electronics.

The scientific aspect of this sleep disruption has to do with the screen of your device.  Most electronics emit light waves that are near the blue end of the spectrum.  This specific wavelength of light suppresses an important sleep hormone, melatonin, which has an important function in helping you to fall asleep.  This means that if you are checking your phone before bed or when you wake during the night, this blue light is stimulating your brain and causing you to become more restless.  Most doctors recommend that you set aside electronics about an hour before bed to ensure they are not negatively affecting your ability to fall asleep.  By following these guidelines you may be able to more easily adjust to your CPAP therapy, allowing it to make you feel your best.  If you’re having any continuing issues, however, speak with your doctor to see if there are other underlying issues that could be affecting your sleep.

Final Thoughts

Of course, the above outline is not an exhaustive resource, but hopefully you now have a better understanding of how to benefit the most from your CPAP therapy and get the best night’s sleep possible. It is best to speak with your doctor to determine what is best for your individual needs.


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