Technology: A Real Pain in the Neck
Technology provides new opportunities for us to stay informed, entertained, and connected. It provides us with countless benefits, but in some situations, our ultra-light, portable devices offer more distraction and harm than benefit. According to new research conducted by the British Chiropractic Association, more than half of us watch TV in bed as part of our nighttime routine. Many more are using other electronics in bed, and for those of us that do, we spend up to four hours staring at the screen! Many believe this can help them fall asleep, but if technology in the bedroom is leading you to back pain, is it worth it?
Pain and Sleepless Nights
Many of us are not aware that this seemingly harmless habit can lead to damaging effects. More time spent hunched over small screens or in uncomfortable positions can cause lack of sleep sleep, back and neck pain, spinal problems, and headaches. Slouching over cell phones or other small devices can even lead to changes in your mood, your memory, and your behavior.
Protecting Your Health
If you must use a device while turning down for the night, be sure to support your back with a pillow and that the gadget or TV is at eye level. Removing technology from the bedroom, or at least taking care when using it while in bad, is about more than just spinal health. Although those screens are small, their bright lights stimulate the brain, which leads to negative effects on the quality of sleep. Research shows that turning off the TV can lead to more optimal sleep, and a happier, healthier you.
The best way to prevent these issues and protect your mind and body is by turning your bedroom into a tech-free zone. Then, call us and schedule an obligation-free consultation to see how chiropractic can help you!