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What You Can Learn From NBA Twitter Habits

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

If you’re a Twitter hitter late into the night, you might want to pay attention to what Stony Brook University researchers learned when they paired NBA players’ Twitter habits to how well they hit the basket the next day. It turns out that players who tweeted late into the night performed less optimally in their game the next day.




Study leaders said the takeaway is that restorative sleep — sans electronics of any sort — is important to daytime functioning.

Research suggests that most adults need about eight hours of sleep per night to maintain good health. Without that sleep, your risk for accidents, weight gain, chronic diseases and memory impairment increases. The bottom line is lack of sleep not only impairs your ability to perform your job, but puts your health — as well as the health and well-being of others — at risk.

While sleep problems can be caused or exacerbated by a number of different factors, many of which are covered in "Want a Good Night's Sleep? Then Never Do These Things Before Bed," three of particular importance — primarily because they're so frequently overlooked — are your sleep position, light pollution and exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF).

When it comes to electronic devices, be it your computer, gaming device or phone, the more time you spend on them, during the day but especially at night, the longer it takes you to fall asleep and the less sleep you get overall. This means making it a point to turn off all electronic devices at least one hour before bed, and preferably two.

At bare minimum, make it a point to turn off your phone and tablet at night, and never sleep with your phone beneath or even near your pillow or directly near your head. Really try to minimize the presence of electronic devices in the bedroom and, to protect everyone in your household and instill the concept of “off times,” shut down your Wi-Fi at night.

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