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New Habit: No Phones Before Bed

Lauren Surbrugg | May 05, 2016

In today’s day, a majority of people are constantly gazing at their tiny smartphone screens throughout the day. How often do you think you look at your phone during the day? I am guilty of using my phone first thing in the morning to turn off my alarm, check the weather, and scroll through Facebook to see if my brother posted any new pictures of my baby niece. The first thing I see during the day is the bright light of my smartphone, which may not be a bad thing since the bright light can help alert my body to wake up; however, I’ve come to learn that this same light should be avoided at all costs prior to sleeping since it keeps my body awake.

My newest good health habit is to put away my phone one hour before bedtime in order to help my body relax and prepare for a night of healthy sleep.

Blue Light Is Harmful

There are a few studies on the web right now about the harmful effects of blue laser light, the light that is used to illuminate the smartphone screen. It damages the retina and confuses the body’s circadian rhythm to think it’s daytime. Not only are you putting yourself at risk for adult onset blindness, but you’re harming the body’s production of melatonin, which helps you fall asleep and cycle through healthy sleep patterns.

Videos Are Distracting

As you lie in bed at night, it’s easy to get distracted in the latest featured videos populating through your Facebook feed. Your body needs to be regulated for best sleep results, so watching those 10 extra videos may only take 20 minutes, but it’s 20 minutes that your body needs to successfully rest and recover.

Altogether, it’s essential to create good health habits that help you become a healthier, better person. I am taking the challenge to set my alarm an hour before I go to bed, put my phone down on my nightstand, and relax away from the smartphone for an hour before falling asleep.

What about you? Can you do it?

Stay tuned for a future blog about a few things you can do during the last hour before bed instead of looking at technology.