‘I stay up until midnight if I want to… Nobody is going to beat me on Fortnite, I’m the best in the school’
As the day closes and the sunsets, natural blue light decreases and our body increases the release of melatonin, the sleep hormone. It flows through our bloodstream, nudged by the pineal gland in our brains.
In order to fall asleep, our mind and body needs enough of it to feel sleepy enough.
Melatonin is barely perceptible during daytime, due to the presence of blue light, which slows or halts its release.
Last year, the Guardian reported an increase in the number of under 16s referred to hospitals for sleep disorders, 9,439 versus 6,250 in 2013.
There has also been a concerning increase in the sale of over the counter melatonin to children with little or no evidence of its efficacy.
Sound sleep hygiene repairs, restores and renews mind and body.
Certain screens emit more blue light.
What do you think is going to happen if we have our phones, tablets and other melatonin disruptors on at night?
Kids need sleep. Adults need sleep.
I shared this information with the class, including the late night Fortnite fiend.
We also practiced best bedtime yoga moves to encourage sleep and other tips.