You wake up in the morning and what’s the first thing you do? I’m willing to bet that for most of us it’s checking our phone – whether to look at the time, check e-mails, or scroll through social media.
What about when we go to bed? Or when we have trouble sleeping?
According to an article by Business Insider, 90% of 18-29 year olds sleep with their smartphones and 95% of people use the phone right before going to bed. I’m definitely guilty of checking my phone often before bedtime, but lately I have been trying a few tricks to stop this bad habit.
Yoga before bed
This is something I’ve been working on this week since I started Yoga with Adriene’s 31-day yoga challenge. It’s been great to help relax my mind before I head to bed. The sessions are about thirty minutes long and appropriate for all levels. I’ve been sleeping so much better at night!
Reading a book
Reading was something I used to love to do, but it wasn’t until I challenged myself to keep my phone away did I realize that I was replacing that with news articles on my phone every night. Since then, I’ve been giving myself a goal of reading 10-20 pages per night of whatever book I am working on. If this sounds familiar to you, why not try replacing your phone use at night with reading a good book?
Buy an alarm clock
Yeah, they sell those still. And they’re pretty inexpensive. You don’t have to use your phone as an alarm, so invest in an actual alarm clock and then you can put turn your phone off at night so there are no disturbances!
The reason turning your phone off can be good from time to time, is that it can help you sleep deeper and more soundly. If you ever struggle with restless sleep, or have a hard time falling asleep, take a look at your phone habits – there’s defiantly a connection.
By: Samantha Thayer