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Can the new iPhone update benefit your health?

Emily Burns, Reporter

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The iPhone’s iOS 9.3 update may seem like not much of an upgrade, but there is one feature that could change your life. Do you even know it exists?

The blue light given off by our beloved technological devices that we have a tendency to stare at before bed can be detrimental to our health. This blue light can disrupt our body’s circadian rhythm, our natural clock, by tricking our brain into believing it is still daytime. This interferes with our body’s production of melatonin, the hormone that the body secretes to induce sleep.

According to the documentary Sleepless In America,  40% of adults and 70% of adolescents are sleep deprived. An inconsistent sleep schedule can lead to diabetes, obesity, an increased risk of cancer, heart disease, and many more health risks. Sleep deprivation can lead to a 40% change in learning capacity. Imagine the increase in success of the EHS student body if every student were sleeping a full 8-10 hours.

But there is some good news. If you are someone who uses your phone before bed, the new “Night Shift” iPhone setting, which is part of the new update, is for you. The warmer light will help you fall asleep easier, stay asleep longer and even help you to reach Stage 3 of the sleep cycle, in which you get the best rest.

Night Shift is quite obvious when activated because your screen develops a noticeable orange hue. However, the color change does not make it any more difficult to see what is on the screen.

This setting can be scheduled to automatically turn on every night at a certain time or it can be manually activated in settings. To turn it on, you can swipe up from the bottom of your screen and hold down the brightness function. Then the night shift activation button will appear at the bottom of your screen.

Save your sleep schedule while you still can!

 

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