POSTED: Friday, September 3, 2010 - 6:25pm
UPDATED: Saturday, September 4, 2010 - 11:32am
If you're looking at your computer or cell phone right before you go to sleep, you may be setting yourself up for insomnia.
Sleep disorder expert, Dr. Gonzalo Diaz, says the body needs a dark, quiet setting in order to enter the most restful stages of sleep.
But the light from gadgets like I-pods, cell phones, and lap tops can interrupt the body's internal clock, causing people to have trouble not only falling asleep but also waking up in the morning.
"The light from the cellular phone can interfere with the melatonin," said Dr. Diaz. "Melatonin is a hormone that you release at night and when you get exposed to this light it can change your internal clock."
Dr. Diaz says this phenomena known as delay sleep syndrome seems to affect teenagers more than any other age group.