Evening computer use ‘may disrupt sleep’

Using a computer late in the evening can lead to poor quality sleep, it has been suggested

Using a computer late in the evening can lead to poor quality sleep, it has been suggested

Those who use a computer late at night could see their sleeping patterns disrupted, researchers have warned.

A study by experts from the Sleep Research & Clinical Chronobiology Team at Charite University Hospital showed that individuals looking at the bright monitor of a PC before they go to bed may sleep less soundly than those who do not, Deutsche Presse-Agentur reports.

According to the specialists from the Berlin institution, light emitted by such technology might disturb the natural circadian rhythms of the body and disrupt the sleep-wake cycle.

The specialists suggest that just ten minutes of time under normal bathroom lighting can assist with the release of melatonin, a hormone that assists with rest.

It is thought that the bright white light emitted by most computer monitors stimulates the brain to alertness and can result in poor sleep on mattresses.

“Working and playing games at the computer is especially bad for sleep because you are so concentrated and sit so close to the bright monitor,” researcher Juergen Zulley of the Sleep Disorders Centre at Regensburg University Hospital cautioned.

Taking a warm bath before bed, ensuring mattresses are comfortable, reducing stress, cutting down on stimulants and keeping bedrooms dark and quiet can also aid sleep.

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