8 sleep stealers to avoid (1/9)

Are you tossing and turning at night? Your daily habits might be interfering with your sleep, and health

Tech in the bedroom

You take your smartphone and tablet everywhere, so it’s not unusual for your gadgets to hit the sack with you, but these accessories can interfere with snoozing. “Using these devices at bedtime has a significant impact on sleep quality. For people who struggle with sleep, technology should be turned off two to four hours before bedtime,” says Samuels. The bright light emitted from smartphone and tablet screens can interfere with your internal body clock’s sleep mechanism. So, when you’re busy searching the web, your brain can’t relax and allow sleep to take hold.

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