Adults told: Stop kids from using technology before bed

The body's natural rhythms can be disrupted by bright lights emitted from computers and mobile phones, people have been warned.

The body’s natural rhythms can be disrupted by bright lights emitted from computers and mobile phones, people have been warned.

Children who use technology before bed are less likely to be able to sleep easily, one expert has warned.

Nancy Collop, president-elect of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, described how bright lights emitted by items such mobile phones and computers can hinder slumber, USA Today reports.

She said: “Cellphones, Facebook, iPods and video games are keeping kids up later at night and the literature is suggesting it’s getting worse, not better.”

The specialist explained how when the brain registers darkness, the hormone melatonin is released, which encourages an individual to drift off.

However, devices that shine bright lights can disrupt this natural rhythm and prevent people from feeling tired.

Adults were advised to stop youngsters from playing with such items before bed as it could lead to them failing to snooze until later in the evening and then they will be tired the following day.

The National Sleep Council recommends parents encourage teens to establish a night-time routine, as this can help ensure they get enough rest.

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