Try de-teching your bedroom
10 Mar 2023 by Ted Escobedo 1 min read
Remember the days when most people would simply turn off the lights and try to get some sleep. Now, we must power down our tablets, silence our phones and tell Alexa or Siri to shut up. All of this can impede us from getting enough sleep.
Try de-teching your bedroom. A technology-free bedroom can enhance sleep by preventing multiple problems associated with using electronic devices at night:
• Using devices tends to delay the time when you go to sleep, reducing sleep duration.
• Technology affects the brain, stimulating your mind and making it harder to fall asleep.
• Sounds and blinking lights can cause unwanted awakenings when sleeping next to electronics.
• The blue light emitted by many devices disrupts the natural production of melatonin, a hormone that facilitates sleep and can throw off your circadian rhythm.
Even if you put your cell phone or other devices into silent mode, having them in the bedroom creates the temptation to look at them if you wake up during the night, potentially thwarting your ability to fall back asleep.