Trouble Sleeping? Do You Use Computer at Night?

May 16, 2010

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I have often wondered about this:

Trouble sleeping? Maybe it’s your iPad
(CNN) — J.D. Moyer decided recently to conduct a little experiment with artificial light and his sleep cycle.

The sleep-deprived Oakland, California, resident had read that strong light — whether it’s beaming down from the sun or up from the screens of personal electronics — can reset a person’s internal sleep clock.

So, for one month, whenever the sun set, he turned off all the gadgets and lights in his house — from the bulb hidden in his refrigerator to his laptop computer.

It worked. Instead of falling asleep at midnight, Moyer’s head was hitting the pillow as early as 9 p.m. He felt so well-rested during the test, he said, that friends remarked on his unexpected morning perkiness.

“I had the experience, a number of times, just feeling kind of unreasonably happy for no reason. And it was the sleep,” he said. “Sure, you can get by with six or seven hours, but sleeping eight or nine hours — it’s a different state of mind.”

I am a workaholic, I admit. I am ALWAYS working on something, and I got into the habit of even taking my netbook up to bed, so I could continue working before falling asleep. But my sleep was poor, not to mention that I was working way too much. So I quit a few months ago. I now read the Bible or a study book before going to bed. And I sleep more contentedly. I only need a few hours of sleep, so 6 to 7 hours is plenty. I find that I am fresher and perkier after 6 hours of sleep when I skip the computer use and read a book before bed.

How about you? Do you read books or do you stare at a computer screen before bed? Do you think it has any bearing on your sleep?

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4 Responses to “Trouble Sleeping? Do You Use Computer at Night?”

  1. Penny Raine Says:

    wow, very helpful!

  2. Pat Says:

    If I wake up in the middle of the night, I don’t dare turn on my computer because I will get so involved I won’t be able to go back to sleep. But I don’t think using it in the EARLY hours of the evening (or watching TV for that matter) keeps me awake at night.

    I don’t know if it was actually the dark or the fact that there was nothing else to do so that he went to bed early that helped this man to get more sleep.

    I think that your new regime of reading before sleeping is probably a much healthier one for you, Rebecca.

  3. Jen Says:

    I turn off my computer and then turn on the tv so I can fall asleep to it. I know this is bad.

  4. Karen & Gerard Says:

    I usually am on the computer before going to bed. It doesn’t seem to affect my sleep. I’ve heard it’s not good to do this but it doesn’t seem to bother me. I do sleep best though if I’m more physically active during the day.