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Technology Could be Causing Your Insomnia

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Are you having a hard time falling asleep? For most people, an adequate amount of sleep is about 7 hours a night. Inadequate sleep puts you at a greater risk for a number of diseases and health problems, including a lack of concentration and impaired judgement, accelerated aging, cardiac problems including heart disease, heart failure, high blood pressure and stroke, as well as increased risk for diabetes, depression, and weight gain.

An often overlooked cause of insomnia and other sleep-realted problems is exposure to blue light from the display of your iPad, computer, laptop, or cell phone before going to bed. When blue light hits your retina, a signal is sent to your hypothalamus and melatonin production (a chemical in your brain that causes you to fall asleep) is turned off for several hours, disrupting your natural circadian (sleep/wake) rhythm.

Using f.lux , a free utility that adjusts the glow of your technology screens will reduce your exposure to blue light. f.lux doesn’t just control brightness like newer laptops do, it controls color temperature based on the time of day, dimming your monitors later into the evening and tinting the screen color based on the kind of lighting you use, which can help you sleep better.

If you’re having difficulty falling asleep after spending time on your computer, cell phone or other blue-light emitting device, I encourage you to try using f.lux, as high-quality sleep is critical to your health and quality of life.

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Go For a Walk to Boost Your Serotonin and Cure Your Mid-winter Blues!

Serotonin is the “feel good” brain chemical that controls mood, appetite & sleep.  Low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, while high levels are associated with an elevated “happy” mood.  Serotonin levels naturally decline in the winter months,  and leave many people with some degree with Seasonal Affective Disorder.

The good news is that even low-moderate intensity exercise such as a 30 minute walk can help to boost your brain serotonin levels.  Remember, exercise is about feeling good, not just looking good.

Activity increases the rate and frequency at which serotonin is “fired” within the brain, resulting in an increase in the release and synthesis of serotonin.  Also, regular exercise increases the level of tryptophan (an amino acid used to manufacture serotonin).

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/22590-effects-exercise-serotonin-levels/#ixzz1gFxBuEmb

It is a beautiful day today – go out for a walk, boost your serotonin (and vitamin D) levels, and feel better!

Dr. Devine is a Seattle chiropractor who specializes in treating injuries and providing wellness care.