Researchers Wonder If Games Before Bed Screws With Your Sleepytime
Sleep doctors are a little worried that electronics exposure right before bed could be contributing to the fact that 63 percent of Americans report not getting enough sleep.
Actually, it’s more about light exposure and less about what light you’re actually being exposed to; LittleBigPlanet 2 and the Puppy Bowl are just as likely to mess with you as Bulletstorm and Total Recall.
The National Sleep Foundation does an annual poll about sleep habits, for which it surveyed 1,508 people ranging in ages from 13 to 64. Of the respondents, 95 percent said they use an electronic device of some kind within an hour of falling asleep. Younger people, under age 30, said the device was a video game or a cell phone for texting; over 30, it was TV in bed.
There’s not exactly a link between the two yet, but the people behind the survey at the National Sleep Foundation are wondering if there could be. The interaction with light, sleep and the human brain is a complex and not-entirely-understood one, and it’s possible bright electronic screens blasting you in the face could be confusing your brain’s sleep cycle.
And if it’s not light, it could be stress or high emotion brought on from getting your ass kicked by a 12-year-old again in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 or your significant other breaking up with you over text message. Those are just examples: fill in whatever irritates you right before bed.
Researchers suggest you try to “wind down” before bed, which apparently means no email, no texting, no three-boobed aliens and no Internet nerdrage. You should apparently read a book.
But probably not a Stephen King book. Just saying.