Surely you've heard about how harmful it is to use a smartphone before bed or to have it stored on a bedside table next to the bed, or even near your head. Is it just a myth or is it really harmful to us?
Phone right by the bed
Many people, including us, like to watch some more news, write to news, flip through social networks or play a game from the comfort of their bedtime.
What will you do if you are tired and want to put the phone down? The easiest way, however, is to place it right next to the bed on the bedside table.
But have you heard that if you are more in the immediate vicinity of your smartphone, it can hurt you? Some say that radiation from a smartphone kills neurons, even causes cancer or reduces the quality of sleep.
What about scientists?
Many of these claims have been made without any scientific evidence. What do scientists say?
Sergei Kuzmenko, a Russian scientist and specialist in the diagnosis of digital products, claims that it is not scientifically proven that radiation from smartphones has an effect on our body. There is also no statistically evidence that there is any link between the use of mobile phones and the increased risk of disease.
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If we were too paranoid, there is little risk. It is connected with charging the phone on a bedside table near us. In some cases, a short circuit may occur and the flashlight in the phone may explode.
Surely you remember the case with the exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which could not be taken on board the plane. However, these are very rare cases and the risk of your phone exploding at the bedside is minimal.
What about using a smartphone before bedtime?
We should put the smartphone down before going to bed and pick it up in the morning, because of the blue light it emits from the display. This is no longer a myth.
Melatonin is a hormone whose increased production causes a feeling of drowsiness. Most melatonin is formed in the evening and at night, when it is dark, and that is why we fall asleep. During daylight, melatonium hardly relaxes at all, so we are fresh and active during the day.
The blue light from the smartphone display significantly regulates the production of melatonin and, simply put, deceives our brain, which thinks that it is not night yet.
According to Sergei Kuzmenko, we can cause serious problems in this way. The first is the effect on our eyes, as the room is mostly dark and the only source of light is the smartphone display. Decreasing the brightness, switching to night mode or reading mode is beneficial, but such a solution is not sufficient.
Another side effect is that we employ our brain activity. He is constantly processing the received information.
Last but not least, we can also cause problems with sleep, as we disrupt the natural production of melatonin. There is a risk of insomnia or poor quality of sleep, after which we will not feel rested.
We should use the smartphone before bed as little as possible.
Blue light automatically associates our body with day, not night. We recommend putting the smartphone down before bed, even on the bedside table next to the bed. The main thing is to look at the display as little as possible before bed.