Three Reasons You *Need* To Stop Checking Your Phone Before Bed

Bathed in blue light, between the hours of 10-12, we all lie in bed, filling our brains with useless information before calling it a day and falling asleep. Many sites are reporting that checking our phones before and in bed is killing us with is far too melodramatic but they do have a point.

If you’re anything like anyone else in the world, which you are, by definition, your phone is probably the last thing you see before dropping off and the first thing you’re checking when you wake up. In certain practices this is called ‘addiction’ but phone checking gets a pass because “everybody does it”.

Before getting into the more in-depth reasons for avoiding our black rectangles while winding down for sleep, studies have shown that the blue light that phones emit is linked to the release of melatonin – the hormone that tells our bodies when and when not to sleep.

As Tech Insider report, “not using our devices for roughly an hour before bed could help us fall asleep faster”. Here are three reasons we should all stop checking our phones before bed!

1. It’ll teach us to be independent

I say ‘independent’ like I’d talk about the positives of being broken up with. Because that’s what most of our relationships with our smartphones are like, it’s a stranglehold. Learn to distance yourself from Facebook and your phone, reconnect with people in real life and remind yourself when the last time you finished a book was.

2. Your evenings will be filled with more people

We’re getting much better at spending time alone because we have everyone we want to talk to in our pockets. By cutting yourself off from late-night inane conversations via WhatsApp you’ll make a greater effort to actually see.

3. You will fall asleep quicker

The worst thing you can do when you’re tossing and turning is check your phone.   By cutting yourself off you’ll find that you mind will be a lot more focussed and seemingly quieter. It sounds cheesy but you’ll start to remember what your internal dialogue sounds like. Our phones are taking this away and it’s hard to shift the habit.