Do you sleep with your cellphone nearby? Are you scrolling through social media up until the moment you fall asleep? Do you check for new messages when you get up to go to the bathroom at 3 a.m.? Do you check your phone first thing when you wake up?
If so, it’s gotta stop!
I’m not sure exactly how or when I stopped using an alarm clock and began using my cell phone to wake me up, but like many of you I’ve been sleeping with my iPhone within arm’s reach. I thought that since my phone was on Airplane Mode it wouldn’t harm my health. But I was wrong! [TWEET IT]
Studies have shown that being exposed to the blue-and-white light given off by phones, laptops, and other electronic gadgets at night prevents our brains from releasing melatonin, a hormone that tells our bodies it’s nighttime. Yikes! I’ve been looking at that little screen up until the moment I turn the phone off and roll over to go to sleep!
And it’s not just the light that’s harmful. A 2008 study funded by major mobile phone makers showed that people exposed to mobile radiation took longer to fall asleep and spent less time in deep sleep.
“The study indicates that during laboratory exposure to 884 MHz wireless signals components of sleep believed to be important for recovery from daily wear and tear are adversely affected,” the study concluded.
An old-fashioned alarm clock.
Choose one that only lights up when you press a button or has an amber, orange or red light (those colors are best for restful sleep)
Also, choose one that wakes you up with a sound that isn’t shocking to your nervous system.
A good night’s sleep can enhance:
And much more…
So do yourself a favor. Use an alarm clock and leave your cell phone in another room (or at least 6 feet away from your bed on airplane mode).
Here’s to your healthy sleep!