Insomnia and information overload

Scarlette Lennon23 September 2021Last Update : 11 months ago
Insomnia and information overload

Insomnia can affect anyone at some point in their life. It is estimated that one in five adults has problems sleeping. Many people consider their sleep deprivation issues to be an inevitable and natural part of the modern hectic and stressful lifestyle. We are used to seeing caffeine or nicotine as stimulants that prevent us from getting a good night’s sleep. But information overload can also be seen as a powerful stimulus that keeps us awake.

In the modern age, with 24 hour access to media, communications, television, computers and the Internet, we are constantly bombarded with an endless cycle of information varying in its usefulness. Activities such as watching TV, using cell phones, watching the news, or surfing the web around the world act as stimuli that interfere with our ability to fall asleep. Reading or watching TV before going to bed may seem like relaxing activities, but they actually stimulate the mind, making the problem of insomnia worse.

Watching a horror movie or reading a thriller or a truly captivating page turner in bed at night can be as bad as having a few cups of coffee before retiring for the night. One affects your body and the other stimulates your mind. Light from television and computer equipment can suppress melatonin, the hormone that helps us fall asleep.

The electromagnetic field emitted by your cell phone can disrupt your body’s sleep / wake cycle if you call someone a few minutes before going to bed. It can be a real challenge for many of us to stop texting, emailing, surfing and reading and relaxing our minds before we go to bed. But for those of us who suffer from continual insomnia, withdrawing from the “information stimulation” is as important as eliminating those cups of coffee or cigarettes if we are to get a good night’s sleep.

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