We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: getting a good night’s sleep is crucial to maintaining your physical and mental health and well-being. There are many habits you can start to change in order to improve the quality and length of your sleep every night. For example, it’s important to cut out caffeine in the hours before you go to sleep so you aren’t kept wide awake, and you also want to avoid drinking too much water before bedtime so you aren’t waking up to go to the bathroom often.
However, there is one very important habit that virtually all doctors agree needs to be changed in order for you to begin sleeping better and longer, and to wake up more refreshed in the morning.
Your Electronics Are Keeping You Up
Yes, we live in a world that’s governed by heavy technology use. For all the benefits living in a high-tech society has given us, research has revealed that technology is actually hampering our ability to get quality rest and sleep each night. It turns out that the blue light that is emitted from our cell phones, computer screens, tablets, and televisions are severely disrupting our brain’s natural method of processing light cues to know when to go to sleep and when to stay awake. The blue light of technology adversely affects our circadian rhythm, so that our bodies are getting mixed signals and are essentially just too confused to know when to fall asleep. Since more and more people are admitting to spending at least an hour on theirelectronics right before going to sleep, it makes since that many of us are experiencing increased levels of tiredness and fatigue.
How To Change These Unhealthy Patterns And Habits
If you still feel like you need to unwind before going to sleep, try reading a book or magazine instead of turning to your phone to play a game or catch up on email. After all, books don’t emit that same harmful blue light as electronic devices do. Furthermore, it may be helpful to charge your phone and laptop in a different room, so it’s easier for you to avoid the temptation of logging on to those devices. It also is important to realize that if your electronics are in a different area of the house while you sleep, you’ll be less likely to hear any notifications that may not only wake you up, but keep you up as you respond to them.
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