Viewing a screen before bed time can have detrimental effects no matter your age. The combination of the blue light emitted from the screen and the stimulating content can result in impaired sleep.
The blue light from the screens is similar to the light the brain associates with day light hours, it keeps the brain awake and tricks it into not knowing it is later in the day. As the day progresses the light usually tends towards red and the amount of blue light decreases. Screens will keep emitting the blue light keeping you awake for longer.
You can try to counteract some of the blue light effects by either enabling software in your operating system or adding software such as flux that will change the colour temperature of the screen as the day changes to simulate light colour outside. So as the day goes on the red light increases, the blue decreases. If you are buying a new computer monitor look for one that has a blue light filter, this can help to decrease the effects of using a screen later in the night.
The content you and your family engage with on the screen can often be very stimulating, causing you to think, interact or be at raised awareness, flooding the brain with hormones. These hormones and endorphines may not be the best for you when you are trying to settle and get ready for bed. If you are going to use a phone before bed try to keep the content relaxing and not to cause you to be hyped up or have content that sends your mind racing, problem solving or down a path of endless clicks.
We recommend turning your screens off one hour before bed; this gives you and your children the best chance for a great night’s sleep. The effects of the blue light will have mostly subsided, the content your were reading has been digested and you can settle in for a great nights.
Using Pixel Pounds you can help your family implement these simple changes to your evening routine making sure that your children get a great nights sleep and learn to make decisions that improve their life.