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A New Vision for Sleep in the Twenty-First Century

Educating people about sleep—through books, engaging lectures, or television programs—can help combat our sleep deficit.

Although people have experienced much more healthy sleep in the past, i.e. before the rise of technology and the industrial age, it would be nonsensical to advise the entire human race to relinquish the benefits of the modern age. Fighting against the use of technology would almost certainly prove to be in vain. Instead, we should try and use technology to our advantage to develop healthy sleeping habits that induce natural sleep.

Scientists and engineers have been working to produce devices that will track the individual’s circadian rhythm, and help create a pleasant, sleep-encouraging atmosphere in our homes. Such a suitable atmosphere will include a decrease in the temperature, the light in the room, etc. Perhaps even the LED light from our devices will be altered to stop emitting the type of light that tricks the brain into believing that it is still daytime. On the other hand, a light that becomes brighter and brighter can help individuals wake up earlier without the use of loud alarms. The body can be tricked into believing that it is daylight.

In order to make tremendous changes in people’s health and well-being, education and different media should be used to enlighten people about the benefits of natural sleep.

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