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eye pads, not iPadsCheck Facebook before sleep? For the ‘always-connected’ society, sleep research has been done , on the affect of reading on iPads late at night.

Recent neurologists research at Rensealler Polytechnic, New York confirmed an earlier theory. When viewing an iPad, the release of the brain chemical melatonin, is suppressed.

Melatonim helps us sleep and it’s the blue-ish light emitted from computer screens that hampers this.

Why iPads are worse than PCs

With an iPad, you hold the screen closer to your eyes than a desktop. The sample study used just 13 volunteers, viewing iPads for 2 hours, which seems like an excessively long time.

No research was done on the non-glare Kindle. There is more research that needs to be done. However, does this research ring true with you ?

Source: Based on an article in The Week, 22 Sep 2012. Article first appeared in the Daily Telegraph