Merging the biological and cognitive processes of sleep and screens

Cleland Woods, H. and Scott, H. (2019) Merging the biological and cognitive processes of sleep and screens. Current Sleep Medicine Reports, 5(3), pp. 150-155. (doi: 10.1007/s40675-019-00149-8)

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Purpose of Review: Screens are a permanent feature of life today and we have reached an interesting juncture with different research agendas investigating the biological and cognitive aspects of screen use separately. This review argues that it is timely and indeed essential that we bring together these research areas to fully understand both positive and negative aspects of screen use. Recent Findings: More recent work is starting to take a more cohesive approach to understanding how device use pre-bedtime can impact our sleep by including both light and content in their experimental protocols which is a welcome development leading to a more nuanced understanding of both biological and cognitive processes. Summary: We call for an open and collaborative approach to gain momentum in this direction of acknowledging both biological and cognitive factors enabling us to understand the relative impacts of both whilst using screens with regard to both light and content.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cleland Woods, Heather and Scott, Dr Holly
Authors: Cleland Woods, H., and Scott, H.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Journal Name:Current Sleep Medicine Reports
ISSN (Online):2198-6401
Published Online:31 July 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in Current Sleep Medicine Reports 5(3)150-155
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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