You'll recall from our introductory blog post that Pillow Talk is dedicated to educating each other on the role that sleep plays in a healthy lifestyle and HOW to develop positive sleep habits. Naturally, the first blog post is dedicated to removing what is likely the biggest obstacle to obtaining quality sleep in your life, YOUR PHONE.
When Steve Jobs walked across the stage in 2007 and introduced the iPhone, cell phones became the cornerstone of technology in our daily lives. Over a decade later, our lives have been enhanced by our phones but our sleep patterns have likely never been worse. Researchers from the University of California San Francisco have found that, "Exposure to a smartphone screen, particularly around bedtime is associated with lower quality of sleep". This is likely caused by blue light emitted from our cell phones, which leads to a biological response that suppresses melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep cycles, and ultimately keeps you awake.
The impact of limited and poor quality sleep can be severe. So how do we ensure that when it comes to our sleep, we're the ones in charge? Here are a few suggestions:
1. Avoid using your phone (or any electronics) for at least one hour before bed
2. Use the "Do Not Disturb" and "Night Mode" functionality on your devices
3. Let your phone charge in another room, away from your nightstand
4. Don't let the first thing you do in the morning be checking your phone - let yourself wake up naturally
Your phone is key to your productive lifestyle, don't also let it be the reason you are sleep deprived. Give these four recommendations a try, or share with us your own tips and tricks for unplugging from your phone and plugging into a good nights rest.
Link to Research Article: https://plos.my.salesforce.com/sfc/p/#U0000000Ifis/a/0B000000LKHk/jL9AZb4lxFgN8ysmCAMblGjTCbpVUt4aMAfHacDe0.U