Don't try to sleep with your iPad, doctor warns
Apple products won’t send you to sleep
Curling up with an iPad might not be as restful as one might hope as the electroluminescent glow inhibits the production of melatonin. And you might drop it too.
So says the Director of the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center, Frisca Yan-Go, who reckons that having that much light right in front of the eyes prevents the brain producing the melatonin one needs to get a good night’s sleep, as reported by the LA Times.
Which is bad news for electronic books on the iPad, though it's not all good for e-ink devices like the Kindle or Cool-Er. Apparently the limited contrast of e-ink screens can cause eye-strain, but at least those with strained eyes are well rested.
E-ink screens don’t offer the same contrast as a high-quality printed book, but fare better when compared to a cheap paperback, so it’s a matter of personal taste – if e-ink hasn’t the contrast for you then go for an iPad, but any problems sleeping and you’re better off with e-ink.
Not that sleeping is the only risk one takes reading an iPad in bed: Frisca Yan-Go reckons that books are lighter and less worrisome when dropped, assuming one manages to get to sleep what with the worry and the lack of melatonin.
But we’re not convinced – the e-book edition of Legacy of Ashes is an awful lot easier to read in bed than the hardback, and e-books don’t squash your thumb all night if you do doze off.
It’s too early to say if melatonin inhibition hits a significant proportion of iPad users, or impacts how people use the device, but if nothing else the issue will be keeping a few Apple executives awake for a while. ®
"E-ink screens don’t offer the same contrast as a high-quality printed book, but fare better when compared to a cheap paperback, so it’s a matter of personal taste – if e-ink hasn’t the contrast for you then go for an iPad, but any problems sleeping and you’re better off with e-ink."
Can't we just admit that whatever you read it'll break your eyes. And not just reading either; driving, watching TV, being in the sun, not being in the sun, etc. Basically if you are alive then your eyes are being damaged right now. Your whole body even, they used to call it old age but it seems that growing old today is not natural but rather the result of negligence on your part.
People act like our bodies wouldn't deteriorate if only we just stopped doing everything (starting with the things we enjoy the most), as if an extended life would even be worth living in such a scenario.
If you read the article, you'd know that the iPad was compared to real books and other ebook systems.
Stop wasting everyone's time by posting troller comments that are completely irrelevant to the matter in hand!
(and El Reg might want to stop putting iPad in the title of every article that even mentions them)
This actually made me LOL...
"At least if I roll onto my paper book at night, I just get some bruises, rather than spending the next morning at A+E getting bits of glass and plastic pulled out of me, eh?"