26 Feb 2015 Blackmores WATCH: Smartphones before bed 10933 views 1 min to read This is what happens to your brain and body when you check your phone before bed Stress relief Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin 0 comments Do you get into bed each night and take one (or more) last check of your phone? Turns out staring at screens at night is not doing us any favours. Dr Dan Sigel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, tells Business Insider Australia about the negative effects the screen is having on our body and brain when we are glued to it at bedtime TAKE THE QUIZ: Are you addicted to Facebook? Why you shouldn’t wear your lack of sleep like a badge of honour FIND OUT: How much sleep you really need If you’re not getting enough sleep: Your attention falters Your memory is impaired Your ability to think through problems is impaired You’re more likely to gain weight YOUR BEST SLEEP YET: Top expert-backed tips Need to know Photons- electromagnetic energy that occurs as quantity of light Melatonin- a hormone produced by the pineal gland that influences sleep-wake cycles. Glial cells- cells that support connective tissue function in the nervous system How much sleep are you losing over your phone?