Reading On A Screen Before Bed Might Be Killing You

  • metta

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    Dec 29, 2014 8:34 AM GMT
    Reading On A Screen Before Bed Might Be Killing You



    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/23/reading-before-bed_n_6372828.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063



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  • Orland23

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    Dec 29, 2014 8:36 AM GMT
    I guess its time to put down the Tableticon_sad.gif, at least before I go to sleep.
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    Dec 29, 2014 10:56 AM GMT
    I guess I must be the exception to their rule. I learned early on not to take an iPad into bed with me, but for a different reason.

    Not because it KEEPS me from sleeping, but because it PUTS me to sleep. Much like reading a book in bed, or watching TV. And I feared the iPad might fall on the floor and be damaged as I dozed off, or one of us would roll over on it in our sleep. And so no more iPad in bed.

    Needless to say, I often have my misgivings about so-called "research" and "studies" these days. Like much published academic work coming out lately, I suspect some people have a desire to make their mark in life through artificial controversy and juvenile contrariness.
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    Dec 29, 2014 6:38 PM GMT
    Despite the sensationalistic title to the article. there is some validity to the study. No, reading from an iPad at night is not "killing you", and the Huffington Post should be ashamed of themselves for putting it that way, and in the process spending some of the credibility.

    It has been well-documented that the human body has diurnal rhythms that are affected by cycles of light and dark (day and night), and that affect sleep. That is why light therapy has been used with some success in overcoming jet lag for those traveling over many time zones.

    Exposing oneself to a long period of light just before bedtime--from an iPad or anything else--could well affect one's diurnal rhythms and sleep cycle timing. An iPad up close produces a fairly immersive bright light, much more than normal room lighting at night. In the study they exposed the subjects for FOUR HOURS each evening. That was a bit extreme compared to what one is likely to do in normal, everyday use. That is more like light therapy than normal iPad use. Exposure for an hour or so before bedtime would have much less effect, but may still cause some sleeplessness for some people. Note that I said "some" people--not everyone is affected, nor affected to the same degree.

    Bottom line, ignore the sensationalistic title of the article. Instead, take this tidbit of information from it: IF you have trouble sleeping at night, and IF you use an iPad or other illuminated device for awhile at bedtime, try discontinuing its use for awhile and see if the situation improves. If you don't seem to be affected by reading on an iPad in the evenings, then don't worry yourself about it.

    One thing is for sure, you're NOT going to die from it!
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    Dec 29, 2014 6:45 PM GMT
    txmusclefan saidDespite the sensationalistic title to the article. there is some validity to the study. No, reading from an iPad at night is not "killing you", and the Huffington Post should be ashamed of themselves for putting it that way, and in the process spending some of the credibility.

    It has been well-documented that the human body has diurnal rhythms that are affected by cycles of light and dark (day and night), and that affect sleep. That is why light therapy has been used with some success in overcoming jet lag for those traveling over many time zones.

    Exposing oneself to a long period of light just before bedtime--from an iPad or anything else--could well affect one's diurnal rhythms and sleep cycle timing. An iPad up close produces a fairly immersive bright light, much more than normal room lighting at night. In the study they exposed the subjects for FOUR HOURS each evening. That was a bit extreme compared to what one is likely to do in normal, everyday use. That is more like light therapy than normal iPad use. Exposure for an hour or so before bedtime would have much less effect, but may still cause some sleeplessness for some people. Note that I said "some" people--not everyone is affected, nor affected to the same degree.

    Bottom line, ignore the sensationalistic title of the article. Instead, take this tidbit of information from it: IF you have trouble sleeping at night, and IF you use an iPad or other illuminated device for awhile at bedtime, try discontinuing its use for awhile and see if the situation improves. If you don't seem to be affected by reading on an iPad in the evenings, then don't worry yourself about it.

    One thing is for sure, you're NOT going to die from it!




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    Dec 29, 2014 6:53 PM GMT
    D_chu said
    txmusclefan saidDespite the sensationalistic title to the article. there is some validity to the study. No, reading from an iPad at night is not "killing you", and the Huffington Post should be ashamed of themselves for putting it that way, and in the process spending some of the credibility.

    It has been well-documented that the human body has diurnal rhythms that are affected by cycles of light and dark (day and night), and that affect sleep. That is why light therapy has been used with some success in overcoming jet lag for those traveling over many time zones.

    Exposing oneself to a long period of light just before bedtime--from an iPad or anything else--could well affect one's diurnal rhythms and sleep cycle timing. An iPad up close produces a fairly immersive bright light, much more than normal room lighting at night. In the study they exposed the subjects for FOUR HOURS each evening. That was a bit extreme compared to what one is likely to do in normal, everyday use. That is more like light therapy than normal iPad use. Exposure for an hour or so before bedtime would have much less effect, but may still cause some sleeplessness for some people. Note that I said "some" people--not everyone is affected, nor affected to the same degree.

    Bottom line, ignore the sensationalistic title of the article. Instead, take this tidbit of information from it: IF you have trouble sleeping at night, and IF you use an iPad or other illuminated device for awhile at bedtime, try discontinuing its use for awhile and see if the situation improves. If you don't seem to be affected by reading on an iPad in the evenings, then don't worry yourself about it.

    One thing is for sure, you're NOT going to die from it!

    Thanks for the insight/clarification. icon_smile.gif

    I agree! That post was inspired. I look forward to more posts from this guy. He's been here for a couple of years, why does he post so seldom? We could use more from guys like him.
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    Dec 30, 2014 2:24 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    D_chu said
    txmusclefan saidDespite the sensationalistic title to the article. there is some validity to the study. No, reading from an iPad at night is not "killing you", and the Huffington Post should be ashamed of themselves for putting it that way, and in the process spending some of the credibility.

    It has been well-documented that the human body has diurnal rhythms that are affected by cycles of light and dark (day and night), and that affect sleep. That is why light therapy has been used with some success in overcoming jet lag for those traveling over many time zones.

    Exposing oneself to a long period of light just before bedtime--from an iPad or anything else--could well affect one's diurnal rhythms and sleep cycle timing. An iPad up close produces a fairly immersive bright light, much more than normal room lighting at night. In the study they exposed the subjects for FOUR HOURS each evening. That was a bit extreme compared to what one is likely to do in normal, everyday use. That is more like light therapy than normal iPad use. Exposure for an hour or so before bedtime would have much less effect, but may still cause some sleeplessness for some people. Note that I said "some" people--not everyone is affected, nor affected to the same degree.

    Bottom line, ignore the sensationalistic title of the article. Instead, take this tidbit of information from it: IF you have trouble sleeping at night, and IF you use an iPad or other illuminated device for awhile at bedtime, try discontinuing its use for awhile and see if the situation improves. If you don't seem to be affected by reading on an iPad in the evenings, then don't worry yourself about it.

    One thing is for sure, you're NOT going to die from it!

    Thanks for the insight/clarification. icon_smile.gif

    I agree! That post was inspired. I look forward to more posts from this guy. He's been here for a couple of years, why does he post so seldom? We could use more from guys like him.


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    I AGREE!
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    Dec 30, 2014 2:25 AM GMT
    Thanks txmusclefan! (Along with few other members) Real time savers+eye openers, etc.
  • ohiograppler

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    Dec 30, 2014 2:50 AM GMT
    oh everything kills you. live fast and loose.
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    Dec 30, 2014 3:06 PM GMT
    Thank you. One more bad habit I needed to give up anyway now officially stopped.
  • ATLANTIS7

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    Dec 30, 2014 5:03 PM GMT
    Total Crap as usual............. read on read on
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    Dec 30, 2014 11:23 PM GMT
    But isn't whacking off to internet porn right before bedtime great for a good night's sleep?
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    Dec 31, 2014 12:38 AM GMT
    Lesson learned. icon_neutral.gif
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    Dec 31, 2014 12:48 AM GMT
    I always wondered why I die every night.
  • FRE0

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    Dec 31, 2014 2:38 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidI guess I must be the exception to their rule. I learned early on not to take an iPad into bed with me, but for a different reason.

    Not because it KEEPS me from sleeping, but because it PUTS me to sleep. Much like reading a book in bed, or watching TV. And I feared the iPad might fall on the floor and be damaged as I dozed off, or one of us would roll over on it in our sleep. And so no more iPad in bed.

    Needless to say, I often have my misgivings about so-called "research" and "studies" these days. Like much published academic work coming out lately, I suspect some people have a desire to make their mark in life through artificial controversy and juvenile contrariness.


    I've suspected as much. Some studies are worthless, or even worst than worthless depending on how they affect people.
  • FRE0

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    Dec 31, 2014 2:41 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    D_chu said
    txmusclefan saidDespite the sensationalistic title to the article. there is some validity to the study. No, reading from an iPad at night is not "killing you", and the Huffington Post should be ashamed of themselves for putting it that way, and in the process spending some of the credibility.

    It has been well-documented that the human body has diurnal rhythms that are affected by cycles of light and dark (day and night), and that affect sleep. That is why light therapy has been used with some success in overcoming jet lag for those traveling over many time zones.

    Exposing oneself to a long period of light just before bedtime--from an iPad or anything else--could well affect one's diurnal rhythms and sleep cycle timing. An iPad up close produces a fairly immersive bright light, much more than normal room lighting at night. In the study they exposed the subjects for FOUR HOURS each evening. That was a bit extreme compared to what one is likely to do in normal, everyday use. That is more like light therapy than normal iPad use. Exposure for an hour or so before bedtime would have much less effect, but may still cause some sleeplessness for some people. Note that I said "some" people--not everyone is affected, nor affected to the same degree.

    Bottom line, ignore the sensationalistic title of the article. Instead, take this tidbit of information from it: IF you have trouble sleeping at night, and IF you use an iPad or other illuminated device for awhile at bedtime, try discontinuing its use for awhile and see if the situation improves. If you don't seem to be affected by reading on an iPad in the evenings, then don't worry yourself about it.

    One thing is for sure, you're NOT going to die from it!

    Thanks for the insight/clarification. icon_smile.gif

    I agree! That post was inspired. I look forward to more posts from this guy. He's been here for a couple of years, why does he post so seldom? We could use more from guys like him.


    I agree. He has very good sense, even though he is very young.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Dec 31, 2014 3:28 AM GMT
    That's crap ... reading my smart pad before bed puts me out and to sleep withing about 5 minutes
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    Dec 31, 2014 2:43 PM GMT
    If you don't want to feel like a zombie during the day, the findings are clear: Read an actual, printed book if you must stimulate your mind before bed, and avoid screens like your life depends on it, because it actually might. Chang said that sleep deficiency -- not getting enough sleep or obtaining poor quality sleep -- has been linked to other health problems such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Chronic suppression of melatonin has also been associated with increased risk of certain cancers, she said.
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    Jan 01, 2015 10:20 PM GMT
    FRE0 said
    Art_Deco saidI guess I must be the exception to their rule. I learned early on not to take an iPad into bed with me, but for a different reason.

    Not because it KEEPS me from sleeping, but because it PUTS me to sleep. Much like reading a book in bed, or watching TV. And I feared the iPad might fall on the floor and be damaged as I dozed off, or one of us would roll over on it in our sleep. And so no more iPad in bed.

    Needless to say, I often have my misgivings about so-called "research" and "studies" these days. Like much published academic work coming out lately, I suspect some people have a desire to make their mark in life through artificial controversy and juvenile contrariness.


    I've suspected as much. Some studies are worthless, or even worse than worthless depending on how they affect people.


    Yes. There are times when putting out bad information can be worse than no information at all.
  • metta

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    Jan 02, 2015 1:32 AM GMT



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