How Social Media Is Directly Affecting Your Mental Health

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Recent research has found artificial lighting, especially the blue light emitted by smartphone, tablets, and laptop screens, can inhibit the body’s natural production of melatonin, the hormone that helps you sleep. Essentially, lying in bed using a phone or tablet will reduce the quality of sleep and lead an individual into a restless slumber.

In 2017, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh surveyed 1,700 individuals, ranging from eighteen to thirty years old, about their sleeping and social media habits. The research concluded there is a link between social media and sleep disruptions, with the blue light phenomenon playing a large part, as well as the obsessive need for users to constant ‘check’ their social media for new updates. The bright light found on our devices can delay circadian rhythms necessary for sleep, and researchers believe social media can cause physiological arousal before sleep, delaying the brain from properly winding down and preparing for sleep.

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