Wellfie Wednesday Tip: Sleep Phone-Less
Happy #WellfieWednesday friends! Welcome back! This week is an oldie, but a goodie. Published back within our first 2 weeks of Wellfie Wednesday tips. Eric (@Eric_in_AmERICa) brought up the idea of sleeping without your phone! [Insert gasps and looks of shock/horror here].
While I know this may sound unthinkable, I bet most can relate to the feeling of lying down in bed after a long day, pulling up Facebook or Instagram, and next thing you know you’ve been scrolling for 2 hours and are having muscle spasms in your thumb. The light from our phones, tablets, and even TV screens disrupt the natural sleep-wake cycle in the brain (Circadian Rhythm) and prevents your body from relaxing in preparation for sleep.
My wife and I personally made this change about a year ago and had both noticed a difference in our ability to fall asleep faster. Since we both used our phones as alarm clocks, we had to invest in traditional alarm clocks (about $30 total), but it was worth the change. Ditching the phones gave us extra time for sleep and improved our mental clarity when waking up the next day.
So give it a shot, and let us know how it goes! And trust me, that political rant from the kid you knew in high school who you haven’t spoken to in 12 years and the cat video from your crazy Aunt will still be there in the morning.
ONE THING I LEARNED TODAY:
Sleeping with your phone is not healthy. We know this. Yet here I am passing out night after night with my phone in my bed somewhere. I need to work up some sort of bedside charging station, set my alarm, and put it on the station and be done with it.