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Sleep and technology

Friday, February 19, 2021



Just took part in an RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) webinar on technology and sleep given by Dr. Jeffrey Durmer, a neurologist and neuroscientist in Denver, CO. The upshot is this: whether or not you have RLS, we can all sleep better if we turn off all technology at least 2 hours before sleep. (Best would be to turn off at sundown.) Try to use candles or a fireplace--orange light rather than blue. And be sure to actually set a bedtime and stick with it.

People suffering insomnia and depression through COVID were found to sleep better when they used virtual CBTi (cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia) to learn better sleep habits.

The worst thing people have been doing through COVID-19 is to go to bed later and get up later--and using technology all the time. Better to get out in the sun and get all the daylight you can. Then go sleep without any technology at your side. (BTW, those orange screens for your phones don't really help: most important is to get more daylight in the day and darkness at night. Who knew?)
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