STOP TAKING THE TABLETS Forget junk food — the light from phones and tablets is just as harmful to our health
Written byat The Sun Newspaper.
Experts fear blue light from electronic devices is fuelling an epidemic of sleep-deprivation that could lead to killer conditions such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes, as well as anxiety and depression
IGHT pollution from phones and tablets could be as harmful as junk food, England’s top doctor warned yesterday.
Experts fear blue light from the devices is fuelling an epidemic of sleep-deprivation.
Blue light from your phone or tablet increases the risk of serious medical conditions, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes, as well as anxiety and depression.
Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies said: “People should try to make sure their mobile phones are turned off before bed. Kids as well.”
More than three-quarters of Brits are exposed to blue light before going to bed. Research has suggested it prevents production of the hormone melatonin — an important factor in getting off to sleep.
And the NHS warns regular poor sleep increases the risk of serious medical conditions, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes, as well as anxiety and depression.
Prof Davies, who has a reputation for nannying advice, warned that blue light and noise added to a “daily cocktail of pollutants”.