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How phones make you fat

How phones make you fat
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Your smartphone can do just about anything you ask it to do. But then again, sometimes it does a lot of things you don't want it to do, like call the wrong person, lose an email, ruin a perfectly good night's sleep, or worse ... your smartphone could be making you fat.

Simply put and to the point, insulin is a vital and key ingredient to maintaining a healthy metabolism. So what does your smartphone have to do with metabolism?

Remember how we've told you that your smartphone can wreak absolute havoc on your sleep patterns and schedules? It's true.

Smartphones, tablets and computers all emit a blue light. This blue light can trick your body into thinking it's daytime - not bedtime. If you're checking Facebook, Instagram or even watching Netflix on your gadget before bedtime (which let's face it, most of us do) your body is going to need time to shift into sleep mode.

So if you're tossing and turning at night, that's how the weight gain begins. It's that lack of sleep that messes up our metabolism, resulting in the user being more likely to gain weight.

On top of that, the lack of sleep will also contribute to confusion, a decreased memory and decreased attention span. Is checking Facebook late at night worth it?

What can you do?
Experts across the board agree, the best idea is to turn the phones, tablets and computers off at least an hour (two hours for best results) before bedtime. If you're thinking "fat chance" there are other options.

With iOS 9.3 Apple introduced Night Shift that uses your gadget's GPS and clock to figure out when it's nighttime and changes the screen tint to warmer colors.

Android users can also find similar apps, such as Lux and Twilight. These automatically shift your screen to a reddish tint, which mimics more closely the sunset and typical indoor lighting. That helps your body stay on a normal sleep cycle.

For Mac and PC computers, check out F.lux.

For a more detailed look at the science, check out this very informative video from Business Insider featuring Dr. Daniel Siegel.

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