The nation is obsessed with ITV2’s Love Island – and there are only a few sweet, sweet episodes left before the big finale rolls around and it’s all over for another year.
But, while there are plenty of benefits to watching the dating show (not only does it highlight our intelligence, but it also offers teachings on feminism, anxiety, and mental health), it seems as if it could be having a negative impact on our lives, too.
Scientists have proven time and time again that late-night screen time keeps adults from falling asleep and sleeping well due to cognitive stimulation and sleep deprivation.
Your brain’s electrical activity increases, neurons race and divert you from calming down into a peaceful state of mind for sleep, and the light emission suggests to the brain that it is still daytime – which contributes to insomnia and sleep deprivation.
It’s unsurprising, then, our nightly instalments of Love Island are wreaking havoc with our sleeping patterns.
Silentnight's sleep expert, Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, tells stylist.co.uk: “Programmes like Love Island which are on every night are understandably quite addictive, especially when everyone is talking about the latest developments straight after and at work the next day. It’s all too easy to stay up until 10pm watching the show and then get straight on to WhatsApp to discuss who’s coupled up with who or who’s voted been voted off.
“But it’s important to recognise what impact this is having on your sleep. 10pm or even 11pm might seem too early to go to sleep, but if you are up watching a programme until this time seven days a week you won’t be leaving yourself enough time to wind down and prepare for bed.”
Ramlakhan continues: “Winding down without looking at screens is crucial if you want to sleep well. This means stopping looking at screens 60-90 minutes before bed and doing something relaxing like reading or having a bath.
“You don’t have to be in bed or be asleep but you need time to allow your body to rest and switch off from the day. Don’t be tempted to check your phone while you’re winding down: the blue light your phone emits will trick your brain into waking up and you’ll struggle to drift off when you do go to bed.”
Ramlakhan advises taking a break from ongoing programmes to give your body chance to relax.
“Missing an episode of Love Island can feel like the end of the world, especially when so much changes from one day to the next. But if you can tear yourself away from it even just one night a week, I’d really recommend it.
“Getting a few pre-midnight sleeps in per week is really valuable. Your circadian rhythm is at its lowest between 9pm and 5am, so the sleep you get before midnight is incredibly beneficial. Try to fight the FOMO and watch it on catch up.”
Good advice, we’re sure, but incredibly hard to follow – especially as there are so many Love Island spoilers floating around on Twitter at all times of the day.
We guess we’ll make a conscious effort to catch up on our sleep after the finale airs…
Images: Rex Features
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