We’re all a little bit addicted to our smartphones, with about 79% of Aussies owning own of the devices.
In fact, collectively, we look at our phones more than 440 million times a day!
So, it’s no surprise that as our phones have become more of an extension of ourselves than as a tool to be used, they’ve made their way into new places in our homes. One of these places is the bedroom, with almost one in two Australians admitting to taking various kinds of technology to bed with them. As our phones are the clear favourite, many of us are heading to bed with our phones very close by.
Well, now is the time to stop that. It turns out that taking your phone to bed is just about the worst thing you can do for your self, your sleep habits, and your health.
Why? Let us explain.
1. It Makes It Difficult To Sleep
Your phone puts out an artificial light. When your body sees this light, it responds by producing less melatonin, which is the chemical you need to have to fall asleep, and to make your sleep cycle regular. If you regularly struggle to fall asleep, getting your phone and other light emitting devices out of the bedroom should be your first step.
2. It Interrupts Your Sleep
Phones light up and make noise for all kinds of reasons, and unless you switch them off (unlikely, if you’re using it as an alarm) having it near your bed is a recipe for an interrupted sleep. Phones ding when messages are received, when notifications come through, and in some models when they have finished charging, all potential interruptors for your rest.