In the information age, the smartphone has become an important aspect of our lives. We use these devices as efficient means of communication and to stay in the loop with what’s happening all over the world. Because of how useful and convenient they are, some people find it nearly impossible to put down their smartphone.
Are you guilty of relying on your smartphone too much? Many of us are. Some people even fall asleep with their phones in hand. Keeping your phone with you all the time might seem like a harmless thing to do, but did you know that it can lead to several health issues?
This man almost died due to lack of sleep caused by using his smartphone nonstop. In a Facebook post, netizen Kei Cañada shared his traumatic experience that will change the way you look at your smartphone.
Cañada was rushed to the hospital after he experienced stiffness all over his body. During his confinement, the doctors were shocked to discover that his blood pressure was a startling 80/50. According to the doctors who examined him, Cañada exhibited signs of potassium deficiency and lack of sleep.
Apparently, Cañada’s lack of sleep could be attributed to his constant use of his smartphone. He narrated that there were times when he would sleep at the wee hours of the morning because he couldn’t put his phone down. Cañada wrote:
“Dahil siguro ‘to sa pagpupuyat ko dahil sa kaka-gamit ng cellphone. Aminado naman ako na halos araw-araw, mga 3 or 4 am na ako natutulog kahit alam kong may pasok ako ng umaga. Minsan nga, pumapasok ako ng walang tulog eh.”
Read his full post below.
Fortunately for him, he was able to consult a doctor before his condition reached the point of no return.
It’s worth noting that severe lack of sleep is a major health risk. Several scientific studies in the past have already proven the detrimental effects that smartphones have regarding a person’s sleeping patterns.
Sleepreviewmag.com published a web-based survey in 2014 wherein the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research in Sydney revealed that teens who use their smartphones before going to bed are twice likely to be more sleep deprived than those who don’t. The study stated:
“We know from other research that short sleep and irregular sleep schedules can leave people feeling tired and low, and it can be detrimental to their physical health and ability to learn too.”
How does a simple thing like your smartphone directly affect your sleep cycle?
Our smartphones and other gadgets emit blue light which restricts your body from producing melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that is responsible for making you fall asleep. According to Sleep.org, the less melatonin you have in your system, the harder it is for an individual to fall and stay asleep.
Aside from this, the radiation emitted by smartphones can also cause delays and disturbances while you are already fast asleep. According to scientific studies, the radiation from your mobile phone can impair an individual’s cognitive functions. In a report published on Independent.co.uk, Dr. Chris Idzikowski of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre said:
“There is now more than sufficient evidence, from a large number of reputable investigators who are finding that mobile phone exposure an hour before sleep adversely affects deep sleep.”
Despite these numerous warnings, there’s no need for you to toss your smartphone in the bin right away. Afterall, you can prevent the negative effects if you know how to use your phones moderately. Experts recommend limiting the use of your smartphones and keeping them away from your bed as you sleep.
Cañada’s case has raised awareness online. Check out some netizens’ insights below:
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