What would we do without cell phones, tablets, computers and other electronic gadgets? We likely get a better night’s sleep. Unfortunately, they have become such ubiquitous in our lives that it’s hard to put them down – even at bedtime. Yet that’s the one time we need to learn to put them away allowing ourselves hours to relax, rest, and reenergize our bodies.
Very few of us would deny the importance of a good night’s sleep. Waking up refreshed and reinvigorated is the perfect beginning to facing a new day. Yet, many of us are not waking up energized ready to tackle the day ahead. Many of us are instead, hitting the snooze button more than once as we struggle to will ourselves to wake up. Why? The reason is that up to 95 percent of us use electronic devices before sleeping, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
Whether you’re checking social media on your cellphone, laptop, or iPad, texting, or watching Netflix, using electronic devices so close to bedtime can lead to sleep disturbances, resulting in low energy and drowsy driving the following day.
Just like a healthy diet, exercise and daily sunshine are necessary for good health, so is a good night’s sleep. For our brain and body to function correctly, healthy, quality sleep is a must. Still, unfortunately, technology has taken over our night hours keeping us awake when we should be fast asleep.
There are many ways in which technology is eroding our sleep quality and quantity. Here are some of the ways in which it does:
As time passes, the adverse effects of lack of sleep can accumulate and result in a serious and chronic sleep deficiency. Continuous sleep disturbances can lead to weight gain, anxiety, depression, and reduced immunity. Additionally, some studies have shown a correlation between sleep deprivation and high blood pressure and heart disease.
The first step in assessing your electronic devices impact on your sleep, is to ask yourself an honest question – how much time am I spending using technology, especially within three hours before bedtime? If you honestly answer “too much,” and you haven’t slept well for a while, it’s time to take a hard look at how much time technology is using up your sleep time.
Even though technology can entertain and engage us, we also need to limit the frequency and duration of time spent on them. Here are some suggestions on reducing technologies influence on our sleep:
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