Nearly three-quarters of young people sleep with their phones within reach. You too? Very bad idea.


A new study discovered that smartphones, iPads, TV and tablets have a greater impact on our sleep and health than we previously thought.


Especially the younger generation is so attached to their cell phones that they sleep with them on their nightstand or even under their pillow.


A Swedish study linked heavy cell phone use to sleeping problems, stress and depression.


The reason: Smartphone screens emit bright blue light so you can see them even at the sunniest times of day. But at night, your body gets confused by that light, as it mimics the brightness of the sun. This causes the brain to stop producing melatonin, a hormone that gives your body the "time to sleep" cues. Because of this, smartphone light can disrupt your sleep cycle, making it harder to fall and stay asleep — and potentially causing serious health problems along the way. In addition Cell phones pump out electromagnetic radiation whenever they're on - which means sleeping with one nearby boosts your exposure all night long.


So, what to do?

Simply turn your phone off or get a “screen-free“ hour before bedtime. If you need to be available for calls, place the phone several feet away from your bed. Use an earpiece or the speakerphone as much as possible - and definitely don’t sleep with the phone next to your head. Sleep experts also recommend turning off the TV and tablet a few hours before bed in order to enhance our quality of sleep.