Technology deprives us from sleep – Nothing new.

 

Sometimes 24 hours isn't enough

Many of us have heard or experienced this before. After hours of school/work and finally getting to our homes, we feel it would be a waste of time to sleep until the next morning and do the same process every single day. This is where technology kicks in, taking up enormous amounts of our time by web surfing, social networks, blogging, etc. By the end of the day, we find ourselves with little over 5-7 hours of sleep where we should be getting 8-9 hours.

 

I, myself, am one of those people where video games, social networking and blogging takes  up to 6 hours of my day, everyday. I don’t sleep the necessary hours recommended by studies but I’m still here, right? (Please, don’t take my example though)

You see, all these studies only tell us a standard for the mass population but they don’t count that we also spend up to 6-12 hours A DAY working our asses off or at school/studying in order to get a good future and by future, I mean spending more and more of our time to earn money and for what? Yes, to spend it on mainly artifacts for our entertainment which mostly consist of, you guess it, technology.

It is proven that the light that emits most artifacts keeps us from going to sleep straightforward, that’s why it’s recommended to not use any technology before going to sleep. Take for example: Kids. Most of them want to play video games before going to sleep unless their parents tell them not to. What happens then? Their sanctuary is in their video games since they probably spend most of the time at school, studying and socializing at day. By night their only method of entertainment is playing video games. So what can you do? As a good parent, you should set time limits for playing and let them play a little bit more on the weekends, that way they will focus more on their studies on the week.

 

Let the war begin!

So technology isn’t always the bad guy here, you see. Some people are sleep deprived because they want to be. Even if most of your day consist of working and/or studying with little to no fun at all, you should set time limits on entertainment in order to also get a good amount of sleep. That way, you wont be as tired the next morning and feeling you’re about to crash.

 

This is what happens when 24 hours isn’t enough.

Reference: Newspaper El País

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~ by Angie on March 7, 2011.

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