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Posted on 12-21-2015
Are You Scrolling Through Your Phone Before Bed? You’re Doing It All Wrong
Author: Amanda Fuller
What do you spend your time doing before bed each night? If you’re like most
people in this world, chances are you are spending your time, before falling
asleep, updating and checking social media. Do you notice that it may take you
longer to fall asleep after tweeting, poking, surfing, etc.? Well, it turns out there is
some scientific truth to this. Most people don’t even realize the impact this
activity is having on their sleep. Being exposed to the bright light from your
computer or phone screens while in bed delays the brain and body’s ability to get
to sleep. People aren’t falling asleep as quickly as they should and in turn aren’t
getting the required amount of sleep. Did you know that not getting enough sleep
can even affect your long-term memory? Falling asleep with a racing mind also
impacts the quality of sleep you’re getting. Bedtime should be associated with
calming down and chilling out, perhaps with a good book or easy music. If you’re
trying to go straight to sleep after scrolling through instagram, facebook or even
the local news, it may take your mind a while to shut down. This can definitely
make for a less restful night. What could be worse? Well some people are even
woken up due to incoming messages. These could be messages from friends, or
dare I say it - bosses, which can make falling back to sleep that much harder. In a
world where everyone is so accessible, social media has become a large part of
people’s lives and they can find it hard to keep up. The pressures of staying up to
date and the fear of being left out can really take its toll. So what is our advice to
you? Try leaving social media out of your bedtime rituals. Brush your teeth, grab a
glass of water and your favorite book. Or listen to some calming music, but don’t
forget to shut off the lights. Try it and let us know how you feel! You can always
get your social media fix over your morning coffee. If you’re sleeping more and
getting more quality sleep, your overall quality of life is sure to improve!
Please Leave a Comment of your experience with Social Media and Seep.
-Dr. Ryan Curda
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