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World Sleep Day: how do mobile applications affect our sleep?

Today is World Sleep Day!

Sleep is a mechanism of the human being that allows him to replenish energies, benefiting physical and psychological well-being. World Sleep Day is celebrated annually in a world event, which this year has the theme “Better Sleep. Better Life. Better Planet. ”.

The organization aims to draw attention to the importance of sleep in health and well-being and the role of climate change in sleep quality. Recent studies have shown a link between global warming and sleepless nights.

Taking advantage of this motto, we address an increasingly pressing question: how do mobile applications affect our sleep?

Quality sleep hours should be prioritized, which is not always the case. With new technologies present in our life, we can find a relationship between their use and the quality of our sleep.

Melatonin is a hormone that regulates sleep. It increases with darkness and prepares our body for bedtime and, consequently, for waking up. In this way, when using devices that emit artificial light, such as smartphones, “confuse” our organism, which decreases the production of melatonin. This causes us to have difficulty falling asleep, or to wake up many times during sleep, affecting our pace and mental and body health.

Thus, it is advisable to restrict the use of electronic devices before bed and to avoid keeping them close to you during the night, to achieve a good night's sleep and a better quality of life. Before going to bed, you should choose to read a book and turn off your smartphone or tablet completely, so that light, vibration and noise do not disturb you at night.

Despite this, there are already prototypes of mobile applications that can be invaluable aids to sleep quality.

For those who use iPhones, the system itself has some features that help you sleep better, namely the “Bedtime” feature. "Bedtime" asks some questions about the user's routine, such as waking time and the number of ideal sleep hours, makes calculations based on this data and notifies you when bedtime comes.

Another example, this time for Android users, is the Sleepo app, which compiles a collection of sounds that can be combined to create relaxation environments, such as rain, nature sounds or musical instruments.

At a time when technology is very present in our daily lives, we must find a healthy balance in our relationship with technology.

Zalox specializes in the development of mobile applications, if you have an idea for an app, contact us, we want to help you achieve your goal.

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