We have a love affair with technology, but it isn’t just an obsession; it harms our health.
We watch Netflix, we scroll through Instagram and Twitter, we check Facebook. Everyone does it. According to a National Sleep Foundation (NSF) study, specifically 95% of Americans use technology within the last hour before bed.
Screens before bed does a number of things. Here’s the top 3 and why they are so harmful.
- It’s way too easy to lose track of time, and sleep loss is inevitable.
- The blue light emitted by screens disrupts melatonin production as it mimics natural sunlight. With less melatonin, it’s harder to fall and stay asleep.
- According to iKeepSafe.org, “Productivity, organization, and critical thinking skills are compromised when we spend too much time distractedly jumping from one site to another.”
With all of these things in mind, how do we stop? It’s hard to break a habit. But here’s some tips on how to do it.
- Stop screen use 2 hours before bed. This gives the brain enough time to create melatonin and return to it’s natural chemical cycle.
- Create a sleep and screen schedule and hold yourself accountable.
- Try keeping electronic devices outside of bedrooms to limit temptation.
- Use a real alarm clock to reduce late night and early morning screen time.
In simple terms, screen time before bed is really bad. There’s plenty of research about it, showing that we need to change our habits for a healthier lifestyle.
Thanks for reading, friends!