Wednesday, December 24, 2014

E-books 'damage sleep and health,' doctors warn

Reading under the sheets

If you curl up under the duvet with an e-book for a bedtime read then you are damaging your sleep and maybe your health, US doctors have warned.
A team from Harvard Medical School compared reading paper books and light-emitting e-readers before sleep.
They found it took longer to nod off with a back-lit e-reader, which led to poorer quality sleep and being more tired the next morning.
Original Kindle readers do not emit light so should be fine, say experts.
Experts said people should minimise light-exposure in the evening.
Whether you are perusing the Man Booker shortlist or leafing through Zoella, the impact of reading on your sleep is probably the last thing on your mind.

But there has been growing concern about the dangers of light before bedtime.


Mark Hubbard said...

After finally finding a device that allows me to read in bed at night without waking Mrs H, and in some parts of the year that's the only time I have for reading, I ain't giving it up.

Perhaps I'll just turn the brightness up to full and read with sunglasses on.

Anonymous said...

audio books and an earplug are fine!