Put Your Phone Away for Better Sleep
January 25, 2017
Over one-third of adults (37 per cent) in the United Kingdom say that they do not get the right amount of sleep, making sleeping better the fastest growing health ambition amongst adults. Besides feeling tired, a lack of sleep also affects people’s fitness levels. According to a recent survey from a major UK insurer, more than 2 in 5 adults are too tired to exercise.
While the causes for a poor night’s sleep are sometimes unpreventable, there is one thing you can do to ensure a better night’s sleep—keep your smartphone out of the bedroom. Research has indicated a link between increased screen time, especially at bedtime, and disrupted sleep patterns.
Sleep experts believe that the blue light emitted from smartphones and other electronic devices suppresses melatonin—a hormone that signals the body to prepare for sleep. Without sufficient levels of melatonin, the body can struggle to fall asleep. Furthermore, the temptation to check emails and social media can be enough to interrupt sleep patterns.
To get sufficient amounts of sleep and break your night-time screen habit, try establishing a routine such as eating dinner earlier in the night and avoiding TV and smartphone screens one hour before bedtime.
Sleep deprivation can cause more than bad moods and an inability to focus. It can also have serious consequences on your physical health, including the following:
Generally, people need about eight hours of sleep per night, although some people need more, and some people need less. If you wake up tired and feel tired throughout the day, chances are that you’re not getting enough sleep.