By DailyHealthPost

5 Ways Your Smartphone Is Hurting You


Finding life hard to bear without your smartphone attached to you 24/7?

Well read on as what we have uncovered from recent research may help you tone down your relationship with your device.

1. Poor Sleep & Reduction in Productivity

A new study has unveiled that using popular smart phones after work hours can leave the user tired, unfocused and less productive the next day due to being less able to sleep well.

Researchers have indicated that this is because using the device before bed interferes with the sleep hormone melatonin and its production.

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The findings of this study were published in the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes[1], where the authors also stated that the National Sleep Foundation estimates that six in 10 Americans say that most of the time they are not getting sufficient sleep.

A lack of good, deep REM sleep can leave you feeling frazzled and can make you act out of character – so for the sake of others in your office, try leaving your phone alone after work and start catching up on all that disrupted sleep.

2. Leaves You Feeling Hung-over

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As well as leaving you feeling tired, using your phone at bedtime can leave you feeling hung-over the next day without even touching a drop of alcohol.

This research comes from Michigan State University, and has found that people who use their smart phones before sleeping for work purposes wake up with a ‘tech’ hangover[2].

Russell Johnson, a professor who was part of the research team at MSU, said that smart phones are very disruptive to sleep as they keep our minds constantly stimulated which makes it more difficult to detach and harder for us to relax and fall asleep.

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