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How does screen time affect your sleep?
We know, we know! Eight hours a night is what the doc recommends, though let’s face it… Many of us struggle to stick to it. While there are heaps of things from overheating (wrong duvet?) to overthinking that can get in the way of a good night’s sleep, blue screens are a constant culprit. Modern life has us hanging out on our laptops, Ipads, and Iphones far more than is healthy. Wondering how all that screen time affects your sleep? Sit down and get comfy. We are going to take a look at just that, and some simple ways to stop scrolling and start snoozing.
You’re lying on the sofa… a movie’s on, your texting friends, checking Instagram, oh and while you’re at it you might as well send that email. You get the picture. When it comes to screen time- we can’t get enough of it! From the minute the alarm goes off on our ever-advancing devices we are switched on. Screen alert-for all the benefits technology brings, too much of the stuff comes with side effects. Like disrupting our sleep! How?
Let’s break it down nice and simple.
Tick tock– Put down your fancy watches your body has a biological clock of its own that follows a 24-hour sleep-wake cycle. A hormone called cortisol is released with the sunrise, filling you with beans (a bit like your coffee)
Feeling Sleepy – As daylight fades, so does your energy. Your body produces another hormone- melatonin that makes you want to snuggle into your duvet and yawnnnnn… sleep!
Blue Intrusion- Bedtime scrolling? Though those late-night memes and Instagram stories could keep you blinking into the early hours. Blue light is bad for your sleep as it disrupts the production of melatonin, putting your body clock all out of whack.
No sleep is no fun. Low mood, struggling to focus, reaching for sugar? All symptoms of not getting enough shut-eye. The good news is you don’t have to give up your screen life to get better sleep. It’s all about finding a balance, life is like a yoga pose as they say!
Here are some simple things to try for healthier scrolling and deeper snoozing
Switch off and Snooze on
Waking up feeling blue? It’s time to change that. And reducing your blue light exposure is a bright place to start. Let’s get ready for bed!
Unwind from the day– WFH, demanding jobs and parenting responsibilities can make it super hard to switch off from life and our phones, right? Though making it a priority to get restful sleep will set you up with the mood, mindset, and energy to take on the next day. Indulge in a hot bath, wrap up in a fluffy towel and slip into your PJ’s. It’s time to switch off.
Bedtime matters- From a sumptuously soft duvet to the perfect pillow… make the bed the place you dream about diving into all day!
Keep the lights dim, the room cool and screens out. Making your bedroom a blue-free zone will do wonders for the quality of your snoozing – no sneaky midnight scrolling!
Protect your eyes- Our eyes are constantly exposed to screens, friends this can not only affect our snoozing! Studies suggest an overload of blue light emissions can cause eye strain. One way to scroll like a smartie is to invest in a pair of blue – light blocking glasses – especially before bedtime! Can’t resist that late-night scrolling? Pop a pair by your bedside (or sofa table) to reduce your exposure and get yourself set up for a better night’s kip.
Switching up your screen habits with these tips will keep blue light blues at bay. Remember, taking care of yourself is the best way to wake up feeling magical. And there is no comfier place to start… than bedtime!
This content was first published at Panda Life