This Is What Looking at Your Smartphone at Night Does to Your Brain and Body

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Image: JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/AFP/Getty Images
Image: JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/AFP/Getty Images

Be honest now – how often do you look at your phone when you’re in bed? It’s a very modern affliction, and there’s definitely something intoxicating about checking your social networks, emails and messages before you lay your head down for the night.

Image: Flickr/m01229
Image: Flickr/m01229

But what if that last check of your feeds is actually doing you some significant damage? Well, there are plenty of studies out there that show that that might well be the case – and a lot of it’s down to the way our smartphone and tablet screens work.

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Image: Matt Cardy/Getty Images
Image: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Is there anything that you can do – beyond the obvious – to try and negate the problems that that last glance might be giving you, or is it time to switch off your phone at night for good? First, let’s have a look at the damage that’s actually being caused.

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