But then you get back into bed and it’s another restless night. Why is that?
Retrace your steps and think about what you were up to before it was time for some shut-eye. You brushed your teeth, got into your PJs, crawled into bed and picked up your phone. You’re scrolling, texting, scrolling, texting...
All that scrolling and texting is stimulating your brain, making you more psychologically engaged and awake. The opposite of what you need to get a proper night’s sleep.
Using electronic devices with an artificial light before bed confuses your body’s internal clock, also known as your circadian rhythm. This internal clock is constantly running in the back of your brain, controlling your sleep-wake cycle. But, the artificial blue light from your electronic devices actually end up disrupting the release of melatonin, which is a sleep-inducing hormone in your body that plays a key role in maintaining your circadian rhythm.
Aside from the irritability and grogginess that can stem from lack of sleep, disrupting your circadian rhythm can have negative impacts on your body’s functions, including your metabolism, mood, or appetite. A deep sleep is critical for restoring your mind and body, and without it, your imagination, concentration, and problem-solving skills can also be impacted.
We know how tempting it can be to watch an episode or two on Netflix to help you fall asleep. But making small changes to your nighttime routine can have a huge impact on your day. Instead of picking up your device, try reading a book, writing in a journal, or meditation. Implement a digital curfew for yourself and your family, and keep your phone at least 3 feet away from your body to avoid temptation. Making or breaking a habit is always difficult at first, but you’ll thank yourself later once you’re sleeping like a baby!
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