According to an article published in Today, there is a new condition plaguing thousands of Americans—Career Compulsive Disorder. As it turns out, millions of us are plugged into our devices so much that we can’t sleep at night.
Can you relate? Have you caught yourself checking email in the middle of the night? Do you think about a question from earlier in the day so much that you can’t fall asleep until you have the answer? Do you immediately respond to any message from work? You may be showing signs that technology is taking over.
Your brain responds to light and visual stimulation with increased electrical activity. The more your look at electriconic devices that emit lit up images, the more signals your brain sends out. This action makes your brain think more, process more information and stay awake.
While it’s a great set up for work, where you need to problem solve, create new projects or pay attention to smaller details, lots of people can’t turn off their brains after leaving work. They keep checking email, text messages, voicemail, IM’s and any other communication method from home, often doing so late into the evening.
And this is the crux of the problem. Doctors have noticed that he more exposure your brain has to light, the less melatonin it produces. Therefore, the more your check your devices late into the night, the less melatonin you produce and the less quality sleep you are likely to get.
Tart Cherries to the Rescue
Tart cherries have been shown to have higher amounts of naturally occurring melatonin. One serving can provide as much as 50 mcg of melatonin.
Melatonin is naturally released as nighttime sets in and you become drowsy and ready to go to bed. The darker and later the day gets, the more melatonin we have. Doesn’t coming home, winding down with a tart cherry beverage and listening to some relaxing music sound like a nice way to unplug from a hard day’s work?
To ensure you practice this habit and prevent against Career Compulsive Disorder, follow these simple tips:
- Unplug from electronic devices within 30 minutes before bed
- Recharge electronics outside your bedroom.
- Keep your television in your living room, not in the bedroom.
- Keep your bedroom dark. It helps your body to produce more melatonin.