I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you need to turn your love-hate relationship with your phone into a love-hate situation right now. Your phone has become a limb; you check it during face-to-face meetings with real people, and leaving it at home for an hour makes you ache all over.
There is no condemnation here if that is how you live. Even so, you may be able to conjure up some hatred for the sexy beast. It’s keeping you awake at night. We’ll explain why, as well as how to break the bad habit and build a comfortable sleep environment so you can get back to sleeping soundly.
Smartphones can be harmful to your health because blue light, which is produced by LED lights used on a variety of electronic devices, activates your brain.
It tells your brain that it’s still daytime at night. Your body’s clock, or circadian rhythm, is thrown out of whack. It makes falling asleep and getting restful, restorative sleep more difficult. It puts you at risk for life-threatening illnesses such as depression, diabetes, and heart disease.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-third of all Americans are sleep deprived. It’s no stretch to say that the Smartphone Cult of today’s culture deprives us of everything we need to live.
It’s not just doom and gloom. You should work to reduce your nighttime exposure to blue light by doing the following:
At least two hours before bedtime, turn off your tablet, phone, and television.
- Switch on your phone’s “do not interrupt” feature to avoid late-night texts and calls.
- Shift your TV to a different room for good.
- Apps will block blue light from your phone, monitor your sleep, and play soothing music to help you sleep. Choose one that fits for you.
- Get some sunshine during the day to help you feel more energised. You’ll do more when it’s time, and you’ll be able to sleep when it’s time.
We always reach for our phones without considering why we need it. We’re tired of being bored. We’re enraged. We’re exhausted. We’ve gotten into the habit of fondling the lovely case. In our hands, it feels just perfect. Look at all those lovely colours!
Phone fondling is a habit that many people have developed. For the sake of your health, you should sever it.
Begin by reading a real book or magazine before bedtime, one made of paper, cardboard, glue, and ink. Reading with the light from above lighting the page is much less jarring for your brain than reading with blue light from your tablet.
Take a good look at your sleeping quarters. Examine your sleeping structure if your phone isn’t the only thing keeping you awake at night. You’ve obviously been sleeping on the same mattress for ten years too long if you wake up sore or in pain, or if you have to contort your body all night to stop lumps. The importance of sleep to our overall health and well-being cannot be overstated. It is important that we safeguard it.
It’s perfectly acceptable to despise your phone. It will compel you to change your poor phone habits. It will assist you in putting in the effort necessary to build healthy sleeping habits. That is, after all, what we are attempting to change.