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Why an alarm clock is disrupting your sleep

14-02-2012

Most of us have an alarm clock beside our beds. Getting to work late is certainly not encouraged in most places of employment and saying that you do not own an alarm clock is hardly likely to encourage any sympathy from your boss. In other words, we all need to have an alarm clock, despite the fact that many of us develop a deep seated hate for them.

However, while all alarm clocks are annoying when they drag your from that blissful slumber into the confusing and chaotic reality of morning, some can actually disrupt your sleep cycle and cause chronic sleep deprivation. The luminous rays from digital alarm clocks have been shown to emit enough light to disrupt your sleep cycle. External light plays a big part in our sleep. Bright light during the day breaks down a neurotransmitter in the brain and makes us tired and darkness encourages the synthesis of more of the neurotransmitter. The light from an alarm clock can stop the synthesis of the neurotransmitter, making your sleep less recuperative.

If you own a digital alarm clock, then give yourself some much needed relief by smashing it. Unfortunately, then you need to go out and by another, non-light producing one.


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