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Taking iPad to Bed Could Make You Fat: Device Stimulation Causes Insomnia and Health Issues

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Published: Mar 28, 2014 | Last Updated: Dec 3, 2016

Researchers warn that if you don’t want to become fat, turn off the iPad in bed.

There are claims that stimulation of electronic devices including portable computers and gaming devices account for some obesity cases.

Some studies also indicate that even watching TV before going to bed can cause health problems, according to scientists.

Doctors are being requested to ‘prescribe’ a good night’s sleep to ward common metabolic disorders such as type 2 diabetes.

One in every four Britons has sleeping disorders and nearly 10% suffer an insomnia disorder which can interfere with their daily chores due to fatigue to mood changes.

Studies indicate that people who sleep for between 6 to 8 hours in a day tend to live longer and have better health, compared to those who get 6 or fewer hours, and are risking premature deaths.

In reference to Scientist at Surrey University, just one week of poor sleep can upset hundreds of genes associated with stress, immunity, and inflammation.

Brain function, reduced alertness, and cognitive abilities are some of the renowned effects of sleep deprivation. Recent studies have shown that it can be directly linked to physical illnesses.

Experimental studies in a new research review in the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal indicate that there is a direct casual link between sleep loss and body’s ability to metabolize sugar, regulate food absorption, and maintain energy balance.

Professor Bernd Shultes from the eSwiss Medical and Surgical Center in St. Gallen says that the globalized 24-hour societies are interfering with people’s sleeping quotas. He added that the ‘voluntarily sleep curtailed’ is common caused by the use of technical devices for gaming, online shopping, social networking or watching TV.

He added that program of sleep education and cognitive behavioral therapies are promising. The use of such interventions could avert the present epidemic of the metabolic syndrome and related health issues.

Shultes noted that the current and future studies will help establish if whether interventions will improve sleep duration and quality in an effort to reverse adverse metabolic traits.

A new study by University College London (UCL) has shown that children who sleep less are likely to eat more and thus suffer from obesity and related health complications.

According to the research, 16-month-old children who slept for more than 10 hours each day ate an average of 105kcal more than children who slept for more than 13 hours. This marks a 10% increase from 928kcal to 1087kcal.

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