Trouble Sleeping? Switch Off Your Electronics Earlier in the Evening

A study done by the American College of Chest Physicians in November found a link between screens (especially blue screens of TVs and computers) and a reduced production of melatonin, which regulates sleep.

People with ADHD commonly have issues falling asleep at a decent, functional hour. For some patients, this is due to an internal restlessness that won’t allow their mind to shut off. For others, it may also have something to do with their pre-bed activities. Television screens, computer screens, cellphone screens.

We inform our patients every day that in order to get to sleep easier they should refrain from using any screens at least 30 minutes before bed. But trying to convince a teenager not to watch TV is like trying to convince Richard Simmons to wear pants. Fortunately, we came across the article about this research that adds a little clout to our claim.*

*Note, the link to this article is no longer available. Please check out this article published in 2011 with similar research. 

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