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Sleep Tight, Don’t Let the Blue Light Bite

Remember when you were a kid and you had your favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal that brought you comfort as you drifted off to dreamland? Ah, memories.

Did you ever imagine that it would be replaced by a phone? That would have sounded weird to you when you were growing up, but an astonishing 71% of people fall asleep holding their phone, having it in bed with them, or having it on the nightstand.

It makes sense that you would keep your phone nearby since most people use it for an alarm clock. However, the alarm clocks of yesterday didn’t have upsetting news articles, and they didn’t get you all excited by talking to your friends, preventing your body from being able to enter a state of relaxation. They also didn’t emit blue light, which tricks your brain into thinking it’s daytime and prevents the secretion of melatonin, the hormone that helps you fall asleep. Your smartphone does.

Personally, I’m a night owl. My brain comes alive at night. It’s when I feel that I do my best creative work, I love seeing who’s out and about, and I like that the ratio of sparkly to non sparkly clothing that it’s acceptable for me to wear at night is much higher.

But, even I cannot deny that I feel better after a good night’s sleep. Sleep loss impairs judgement, can make you gain weight, makes you forgetful, ages you skin, can cause depression, suppresses your immune system, upsets your hormonal balance, can make you have unusual food cravings, and more.

In an effort to research whether or not sleep deprivation  can actually be a cause of death, a University of Chicago study conducted a series of experiments on rats, where after 32 days of total sleep deprivation, they died. While no human is known to have died from sleep deprivation, there is reason to believe that given enough time, it would be possible.

Now, no one is saying the you’re doing to die from keeping your alarm clock on your phone by your bed, but the moral of the story is sleep= good, not enough sleep=pretty bad.  The MILK App can not only help you be connected with your loved ones, but can help you achieve your 2018 health goals by getting better sleep! Take your adulting status to the next level this year with the Milk the Moment!

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