Yourwellness Magazine Explains What Causes a Sleepless Night

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With a new smartphone app encouraging users to turn off their phone and go to bed early, Yourwellness Magazine explored the causes of a sleepless night.

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A Chinese software developer has said his new smartphone app will urge users to turn off their phones and get some sleep, reported October 21st. According to the article, “Smartphone app urges turning the phone off, getting some sleep,” 23-year-old Yang Yuan’s app, named “I want to sleep early," will set off an alarm every 5 minutes if the user does not click "sleep" at the time he or she has set, and once the "sleep" command is clicked, the mobile phone will be locked for two hours. Yang commented, ‘The intention of the application, which makes use of the pressure from social circles to supervise the users, is to encourage young workers and students to return to the healthy habit of going to bed early.’ (

With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine explored what causes a sleepless night. Yourwellness Magazine noted, ‘We've all suffered the slow grind of the hours when sleep's refusing to come. Some nights it seems like the hardest thing to do in the world. We find ourselves racking our brains for just how we get to sleep normally and in doing so, we inevitably make things worse. A chemical called adenosine, which is formed in our brains slowly throughout the day, induces drowsiness as it builds up. At the end of the day it'll make us tired and help usher us into sleep. Along with this is melatonin which is known as the sleep hormone and is produced when the sun sets.’ (

Yourwellness Magazine explained that getting worked up about stresses of the day engages the adrenal glands, putting the brain at war with itself. Yourwellness Magazine asserted that getting up and going online or watching the telly makes things worse, as it stimulates the brain further, and the bright lights of screens can also trick the brain into believing it's daytime. Yourwellness Magazine added that while the individual will eventually fall asleep, the over stimulation means that they end up resting fitfully.

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