Winter is creeping in slowly but surely, however summer likes to pop in for one last hoorah. As such I have noticed that it’s getting harder and harder to wake up on time. So I had to get real about the fact that I am not sleeping so well and I am sleeping pretty late and there is only once cause.
That’s right I am one of those people who need to make sure everyone is sleeping. You see dear reader once I have said goodbye to everyone on WhatsApp. I need to check all my other social apps and check if everyone’s asleep if no one’s hurt or needs me (I am Wonder woman after all). Then next thing I know it’s an hour later, sometimes two (who are we kidding? Its three hours later). I am still wide-eyed and I then I struggle to fall asleep. Then as if I enjoy torturing myself in the morning, before I get out of bed, I need to check in and greet the people and see who’s wished me a good day. Somethings has to give right?
The negative effects of checking the phone before bed
The light from the screens reduces the melatonin ( the hormone controlling our sleep cycle)
- You feel more alert and are less likely to fall asleep quickly
- Reading bad news or seeing some horrifying pictures or reading a bad email might affect the quality of sleep.
With all these negative effects I did the one thing to help me sleep better. I switched off technological devices thirty minutes before bed. Yep Television too. You know when you watching a series and you like one more episode? Yep dear reader the negative effects of checking the phone are the same with TV.
So now thirty minutes before bed all technology gets switched off and I read a book or journal. I have found since implementing this that I fall asleep quicker, I am not restless and I have a better quality of sleep. I would be lying if I said there was no anxiety or FOMO in the first couple of days or if some day’s bad habits die-hard. However it is a process and I can see the results and I am getting better with each day. It’s also amazing the many benefits of a great night of sleep can provide. How bad are you with your phone before bed time? Is this a habit you could see yourself changing? I would love to hear from you on the comments section.