Technology is to blame according to a new study that found kids in the U.K. are suffering from sleeping disorders at an alarming rate. Based on the statistics, three times as many are being admitted for medical attention compared to the numbers from 10 years ago. They’re suffering not just from poor sleep quality, but also from other disorders which the lack of sleep can cause.
It goes without saying that if the numbers are on the rise in Britain, they’re certainly on the rise here in the U.S. as well. Earlier this year, The Vision Council released their annual report on blue light and digital eye strain, and according to their research, 76.5 percent of Americans report their child or children are spending more than two hours in front of a digital device each day. Not only that, but they also report that 55.6 percent suffer some form of computer vision syndrome after being exposed to two or more hours of screen time.
There’s little question that we’re firmly in the 21st Century and technology is expanding at a breathtaking rate. It’s also unquestionable that artificial light sources are detrimental to your health. So why aren’t more people taking greater precautions to both protect themselves and their children? The best way to improve health is to just turn things off – put the phone down, close the laptop, get outside, and ease the strain on your eyes the way Mother Nature intended. For every other time when this isn’t an option, put your GUNNARs on, use the tech and apps out there that help reduce blue light, and follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. It’s that simple and your eyes will thank you.