Paper Books vs the iPad
One of the hottest gadgets on the market right now is Apple’s iPad. We all have a friend who has made the trek across the border to buy one of the devices before they go on sale in Canada. The buzz is huge and it seems Apple’s new gizmo is living up to the hype.
With web, email, photo, video abilities and a multi-touch screen, the iPad is the, all in one, portable device.
And, unlike your iPod, where the text is more suitable for squinting at than reading, the iPad has a 9.7 inch LED-backlit screen for browsing and indulging in e-books.
This has inspired many owners to replace their bedside ritual of reading a book before bed with scrolling through pages of the latest best seller on their new iPad.
The lamp may be off, your partner may be asleep, but you’re still able to enjoy “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” without a flashlight.
But this medium switch has some sleep scientists worried.
If we were reading a book the light from a lamp would be from behind us onto a page. With the iPad, the light is intensely direct. This light can disrupt the natural melatonin levels produced by the pineal gland. This gland regulates the sleep-wake cycle in our bodies. Artificial light delays the production of melatonin and makes it harder for our bodies to begin a restful state.
Reading a book before bed has also been considered a passive activity, suitable for winding down the day. The iPad experience is much more engaging, especially when you consider the options for surfing the net, checking your email and playing music.
All these extra activities have the potential to increase our anxiety, the last thing we want before sleeping.
Simmons Mattress Gallery knows that sleep is essential for our well-being and that is why we would like to suggest users of the iPad to stick with bound paper before bed.
You’re body may be cradled by a Beautyrest, but your mind needs to be given a rest as well.
Turn off the screen, turn on the lamp and ease into your sleep.