I have the pleasure of living with teenagers every other week and I noticed their studying and sleeping habits. They are switched on all the time. They end up staying past midnight still studying. Why? Because they were interrupted by a buzz, ping or blaring notification both simultaneously on their lap tops and phones sitting right next to them. One, finally out of exhaustion begged her mother to hide her phone!
Does this sound familiar to all you students out there!?
This has become a way of life for us. Not just for today's youth but adults too. There are studies now showing the direct link of the blue ray light emitting from our smart devices and poor sleep habits. But it's also the constant stimulation right before we are meant to be winding down and going to sleep. This in turn affects are mental health during the day.How? If we don't get enough quality sleep our brains struggle with concentration and emotional regulation in the day. We may feel more irritable and sluggish.
Instead of suggesting ways to wind down before bed, I am curious what YOUR thoughts are about shutting down before bed and if this resonates with you.
-What have you found the most challenging. Your smart devices, gaming or the demands of work/school related projects that tempt or force you to be switched on more than you like?
-Do you take your phone to bed and if so, what do you think a good alternative would be if you didn't?
-What have you found has really helped in minimizing your presence online before bed. Do you have a routine that has improved your ability to sleep better? Perhaps meditating, yoga or a book?
Look forward to all your views!