Perspective, J Sleep Disor Treat Care Vol: 12 Issue: 2
Technology Impact on Sleep-Wake Cycle
Received date: 22 March, 2023, Manuscript No. JSDTC-23-99243;
Editor assigned date: 24 March, 2023, PreQC No. JSDTC-23-99243 (PQ);
Reviewed date: 07 April, 2023, QC No. JSDTC-23-99243;
Revised date: 14 April, 2023, Manuscript No. JSDTC-23-99243 (R);
Published date: 21 April, 2023, DOI: 10.4172/2325-9618.104.22.168
Citation: Rodriguez C (2023) Technology Impact on Sleep-Wake Cycle. J Sleep Disor Treat Care 12:2.
The sleep-wake cycle is an essential biological process that regulates the timing of sleep and wakefulness. However, technological advancements have led to a shift in the way we live, work, and sleep. In recent years, the use of technology has become increasingly prevalent, with many people relying on devices such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets throughout the day and night. This has led to concerns about the impact of technology on the sleep-wake cycle.
Disruption in sleep-wake cycle: The use of technology before bedtime can disrupt the sleep-wake cycle in several ways. The blue light emitted by electronic devices can suppress the production of the sleep hormone melatonin, which can make it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep. Additionally, the stimulation provided by engaging with technology before bed can make it harder to wind down and relax. This can lead to increased stress levels, which can further disrupt the sleep-wake cycle.
Usage and sleep quality: Analysis has shown that the use of technology can have a negative impact on sleep quality. Studies have found that individuals who use electronic devices before bedtime have lower-quality sleep, take longer to fall asleep, and report feeling less rested in the morning. Additionally, the use of technology throughout the day can lead to increased levels of stress and anxiety, which can also impact sleep quality.
Role in sleep tracking: Despite the potential negative impact of technology on sleep, there are also many ways in which technology can be used to improve sleep. One of the most promising areas of sleep technology is sleeping tracking. Sleep tracking technology allows individuals to monitor their sleep patterns, including the duration and quality of their sleep, as well as the number of times they wake up during the night. This information can be used to identify areas for improvement and develop strategies to optimize sleep.
Interventions for sleep improvement: In addition to sleep tracking, there are also many other technology-based interventions that can be used to improve sleep. For example, some smartphone apps offer relaxation exercises, guided meditations, and other techniques designed to promote relaxation and reduce stress levels. Additionally, some wearable devices, such as smartwatches and fitness trackers, offer features such as heart rate monitoring and sleep stage tracking, which can provide a more detailed picture of sleep quality.
Technology can have both positive and negative impacts on the sleep-wake cycle. While the use of technology before bedtime can disrupt sleep, there are also many technology-based interventions that can be used to improve sleep. By establishing a consistent sleep routine, limiting technology use before bedtime, and creating a sleepconducive environment, individuals can maintain a healthy sleep routine by using technology in a mindful and strategic way, such as setting limits on screen time before bed, using blue light filters, and creating a relaxing sleep environment with the help of smart home devices. However, it is important to remember that technology is not a substitute for healthy sleep habits and should be used as a tool to support good sleep, rather than a replacement for it. Overall, technology can have a significant impact on the sleep-wake cycle, but with proper awareness and management, individuals can use technology to their advantage and improve the quality of their sleep.