sleep well be one of the keys to happiness. This is at least what support healthcare professionals and specialists. Reason enough for a day be devoted to sleep every year and have been for 16 years. Friday, March 18, 2016 is an opportunity for everyone to learn about the problems that can result from lack of sleep, but also on the well-being to gain by finding a restful sleep.
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On this occasion, the CHU Caen ( Calvados ) and Rouen ( Seine-Maritime) unveil an extensive program for this day launched under the theme of sleep and new technologies. In Caen, Françoise Bertran, neurologist at the University Hospital, works in the processing unit and diagnosis of sleep disorders. She answered questions from Normandie-news
Normandie-news . For the 16 th edition the National Institute of sleep and alertness chose the theme of sleep and new technologies. At present, what is the link between sleep and new technologies
Françoise Bertran : This connection responds to a finding: People who use many new technologies can develop sleep disorders. It is proven that those who spend more time on their phones, tablets or computers, do it at the expense of their sleep. If the new technologies are probably not the only ones responsible for the decrease in sleep time, it is clear that they play an important role. And then there are also the most perverse effects of new technologies, such as the fact that they give off much light. But light does not send messages “falling asleep” in the brain, on the contrary! She secrete melatonin, which pushes us to keep us awake.
Risk of lasting insomnia
In this case, there exists a system of prevention “against” the new technology, to “protect” our sleep?
It is above all a matter of education, but also usual. Indeed, what is needed is not accustomed toddlers watching too screens. Indeed, we know for example that all activities on the screens can alter their perception of time passing. Therefore, they do not get the same signals to sleep. For example, detect less drowsiness symptoms. This is why we do not recommend any screen in the room. Studies show that children who watch a lot screens more easily develop insomnia in adulthood. This is not a coincidence for me. After that, I think there is a real awareness today and especially from parents.
January 2015, the Taiwanese Parliament gave as serious “the fact spending time on electronics as drinking, taking drugs or watch porn, “explained Libération . Parents of children with “physical or mental disorder” may well pay a fine of about 1 400 euros. In 2015, a study showed that eight Americans spent an average of eight hours a day on electronics against three hours to French youth.
“This is the negative who wins”
Conversely, new applications or software used to support or study our sleep. Do you think that new technologies can be positive?
Yes, there are things that have also developed more positively for sleep . But we must take some distance with them. Indeed, for example, connected watches that allow “to record sleep,” did not really register! It is a technology that will only record your movements during your sleep and establish a calculation. I do not want to sound reactionary but I’m not completely convinced yet. If one were to make the balance between that new technologies bring negative and positive, I would say it is the negative who wins … After I’m not against! On the contrary. Hopefully one day technology will allow us to sleep better
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Find the 2015 study by the National Institute of sleep and alertness here:
Are we all equal before sleep? What are the most affected?
People who sleep late are the most exposed. Indeed, they were more likely to occupy their time by using new technologies and are therefore more vulnerable. It therefore concerns rather young adults and adolescents.
The “waves” that would be issued by the devices they are also responsible for a bad sleep?
Nothing has been proven scientifically, regarding the possible consequences of these waves on health, or that of the wireless, radio. So I will not comment on the matter, as a scientist. But personally, I would apply the precautionary principle. I would not put a wireless terminal a side of my head to sleep ….
Arrangement at Caen and Rouen
Friday, March 18, 2016, go to the amphitheater Lecat, hospital Charles Nicolle, Rouen, from 13h30 to 16h. From 13h30 to 14h organized a collective nap (welcome to 13h) and from 14h to 16h, a panel discussion on “sleep and new technologies”.
Caen, go Friday, March 18 from 14h to 18h, at the Faculty of medicine, 2 rue des Rochambelles Caen. The program:
- 13h30: Home
- 14h: “Sleep & amp; new technology: results from the National Survey INSV “Professor D. Davenne, Director UMR 1075, Caen
- 14:30:” Sleep, inventory of new technologies that affect sleep “with Professor Norman H. and Professor A. Gauthier, researchers UMR 1075, Caen “new technologies, young people and their sleep”
- 15h: sleep and its disorders in adolescents G. Rauchs, researcher UMR 1077, Caen
- 3:20 p.m.: Relaxation therapy and sleep teenagers, C. Carneiro, relaxation therapist, Caen
- 3:35 p.m.: round table and debate on sleep and new technologies in adolescents (Dr. AS Diependaele, Dr. F. Bertran & amp; Dr JN Prévost, Unit of Sleep, University Hospital of Caen)
- 16h:.. break
- 16.30 “Insomnia and new technologies at the adult “Joy Perrier, postdoctoral UMR 1075, Caen
- 5:10 p.m.:” Light and sleep of the elderly “Nicolas Bessot, Lecturer, UMR 1075, Caen
- 5:40 p.m.: pause
- 18h: Photo Contest results “sleep and new technologies”