Your Cell Phone Ring Isn’t a Bedtime Lullaby

sleep-with-tabletBuzz! Buzz! Buzz! Is it a text message? A Facebook update? Or maybe a cool Instagram picture?

We’ve all heard it before. Our phone vibrates or rings to let us know that we have a text message, or social media alert. If you’re like a lot of people, your phone is right next to you on your nightstand.

It may surprise you, but keeping the phone in your bedroom either in your bed or on the nightstand can be bad for your sleep. The bright light that comes off the screen sends a confusing message to your body to stay awake and alert even though it is late at night. Also, it’s hard to relax and get into your sleep routine if you’re thinking about your phone.

Sleep experts recommend that Instead of falling asleep after checking messages or texting from your bed, try this instead:

  • Turn off your phone (or at least put it in do not disturb mode) about an hour before you turn off the lights to go to sleep. Do you use your phone for your alarm? Buy a regular alarm clock to use to help you wake up the next day. If you put it in do not disturb mode, your alarm will still go off.
  • Allow your mind to rest by turning off other electronics, such as the TV, at least 30-60 minutes before going to bed. It’s also best to keep the TV out of your bedroom.
  • Practice relaxation techniques, such as mediation or deep breathing, to get your body and mind relaxed and ready for bed.

By disconnecting from electronics and relaxing, you’ll be “catching z’s” in no time!

For more tips, check out our sleep health guide.

– Carly