Screens Really are a Nightmare for Sleep

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Science says screens are keeping you awake at night.

May we suggest a holiday activity for the family?

Sleep. Without screens. Get a lot of it. 

New research from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that that bluish-glow from computers, smart phones and tablets is, in fact, keeping us up at night, and the impacts are worse than scientists previously suspected. Not only are our devices keeping us up later and later into the evenings, they're actually making it more difficult for us to fall asleep at all. The consequences are psychological and biological.

So no, this isn't an excuse to push the kids away on Christmas morning. It's more of a long-term lifestyle plea, culled from a ton of data WNYC collected earlier this year. And in that spirit, we're re-airing one of our favorite episodes from 2014, about something we do every day (or at least we try to do). Getting enough rest to stave off some pretty staggering screen-fueled sleep deficits. 

Give it a listen (or another, if you caught it earlier this year), and join us in getting some much-needed rest this winter.

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