Orthosomnia – The New Tech Disease

I would like to coin to term “Tech Diseases” in this blog as I firmly believe that technological advances are causing the generation of new diseases and disorders we are seeing today.


Like Dave Asprey’s continued need to dump whole sticks of butter into his coffee we are obsessed and fixated on everything technology. From smart fridges to angry birds or from the latest app that makes you into a cartoon dog we are obsessed with living through technology and screens. The obvious issue with this over consumption of needless technology is hormone damaging artificial blue and green light but as we continue to ramp up our exposure new disorder will come to light.




In the news recently was a new disease, disorder, obsession or whatever you want to call it, called Orthosomnia. This is a disorder that is affecting people who use sleep tracking apps to, you guessed it, track their sleep patterns. How ironic that something designed to help you get a better night’s sleep is destroy the very thing it’s meant to track. It’s like downloading MyFitnessPal to get fatter.


The study that looked into the use of sleep apps was first published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. The report touched on the rise of self-diagnosed sleeping disorders from the use of such trackers such as insomnia and insufficient sleep during due to the results of the trackers. People are then convincing themselves that they have a sleep disorder much like the rash on your arm is leprosy according to Dr.Google.


The reliance on data from sleep trackers rather than how the individual’s felt lead them to become anxious about their sleep and health which subsequently lead to poorer sleep.


The issue we observe in the biohacking communities is not so much the negative affect of sleep tracking but the use of nn-EMF to operate the devices. Sleep trackers are typically run off Bluetooth or WIFI, too nn-EMFs that contribute to disruptive sleep and dysfunctional mitochondria. These often make them counterproductive to use.



Typically if your sleep hygiene is correct and your biological clock is entrained you should not have to use sleep trackers at all. Making sure the first light you see is the rising sun will set a cascade of hormones in motion that will ultimately lead to the production and release of melatonin after dark which will induce good quality sleep. Serotonin is produced when you see the rising sun and is then converted into melatonin once darkness sets in.


Serotonin can only be changed into melatonin in the absence of blue and green light after dark so you must make sure you are wearing blue blocker glasses in the evening. This is why BLUblox produced blue and green light blocking glasses, to ensure maximum melatonin secretion post sunset.


Is Orthosomnia a disorder? Probably, and the users of tech are probably non-the-wiser about the perils of artificial light, WIFI and sleeping with a phone under your pillow at night, all of which, if dropped will result in a better night’s sleep and make the need for sleep apps redundant?

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