Do You Suffer from Smartphone Hangovers?

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Smarphone hangovers are the new thing in science. Last week I wrote a post about why I wasn't using my smart phone as an alarm anymore and it caused quite an uproar. Researchers at Michigan State University have found that late night use of smartphones (which may include using them before bed) have been scientifically proven to prevent easy sleep.

Here's what researchers at Michigan State University told the Telegraph about their research:

"Smartphones are almost perfectly designed to disrupt sleep," said Russell Johnson, MSU assistant professor of management. "Because they keep us mentally engaged late into the evening, they make it hard to detach from work so we can relax and fall asleep. ... The night-time use of smartphones appears to have both psychological and physiological effects on people's ability to sleep and on sleep's essential recovery functions."

The cause? The blue light the phone screen emits. I've found many of their observations to be true, despite trying a few other measures first, including using the sleep function on my phone for a while.

Further results will be posted in the Journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes soon, but I wonder if anyone out there would agree that they experience a "smartphone hangover" from time to time too?

(Image credits: Isabella's Top Floor Flat House Tour)

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Liz is a writer and filmmaker from Minneapolis. She was nominated for a Webby and won an Emmy for Science of Watchmen, a documentary short about the physics in the comic book movie. She’s a tech obsessive, verified nerd and total Anglophile.