Reading Yourself to Sleep?

Tracy Dodd

Head of Production

Reading Yourself to Sleep? Ink on Paper is Better! Especially when you work for a printers!!

There are more and more articles comparing e-readers to old-fashioned books so many now to choose from before you even choose your book!

A recent article I came across took another twist on this and discussed a study comparing

The impact reading old-fashioned ink on paper books, & back-lit e-readers, just before bed had on sleeping.

So here we go pay attention :)

“The light emitted by most e-readers is shining directly into the eyes of the reader and this believe it or not can cause Sleep deficiency true or false?? I’m not sure, were as from a printed book or the original Kindle, the reader is only exposed to reflected light from the pages of the book,”

So here’s the science bit…….

Study’s on “Sleep deficiency has been shown to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, metabolic diseases like obesity and diabetes, and cancer!! Enough to make you throw that E-reader out the window!

How do us working mums survive at all I ask myself as I know in my house there has been a lot of sleep defiency over the years with sick kids  new puppies and the pressures of work! Red wine in my experience can help with this and a good book.

More science…………..

The article went on to explain that the release of Melatonin is triggered when the optic nerve signals to the hypothalamus that lights have been shut off. Melatonin then floods the brain to let it know it is time for bed!!! My watch tells me this……


But how can your brain know it’s time for bed when the very item you’re staring at before you attempt to get shut eye is the item emitting light? All very complicated   its ink on paper for me every time! Probably due to my 20 years in print we need to keep those presses running.


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