The secret to a great night's sleep

It’s time to turn off our phones at night time

It seems our very own sleep expert Dr Nerina is not alone when advising of the dangers of tech in the bedroom. 

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Dr. Dan Siegel, a clinical professor of psychiatry from the UCLA School of Medicine, today highlighted how damaging the effects of interacting with our phones, tablets or computer screens right before we go to sleep can be.

Essentially, by staring at our screens and consuming digital information just before bed, we're actually soaking up a "stream of photons" - which tell our brains that we want to stay awake. So that's probably why you've found yourself tossing and turning for an hour or so before you can actually switch off at night.

The damage, unfortunately, does not just stop there, it's not just tiredness the following day caused by a later bedtime. By staying awake, we don't allow those precious neurones of ours to rest, and we also prevent the supportive 'glial' cells from cleaning up the toxins that our neurones have emitted throughout the day.

Dr Nerina advises that we should turn off the tech 90 minutes before we go to bed.

For further tips and advice, visit Dr Nerina's  Sleep Toolkit

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