Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Sleep With Your Phone in Bed
For most of us, our phones are the last thing we see before we go to sleep and the first thing we see when we wake up. While it’s very convenient to use your phone as an alarm clock and check the news before bed, this habit can really disrupt our sleep and affect our health in many surprising ways.
We also find it difficult to put our phones away before going to bed. And we did some digging to find out why it would be better to keep the phone out of the bedroom.
It could affect your sleep.
You can surf the internet, scroll through funny pictures, play games, and send text messages, so it’s no surprise that with all these features, your phone also disturbs your sleep.
When you use your phone or stare at any other screen for hours, you are exposed to blue light from the device that sends the signal to your body to delay sleep. If this happens on a daily basis, it can confuse your body and disrupt your natural sleep-wake cycles.
It can affect your reproductive health.
Whether you’re watching your favorite show or playing a game to unwind after a long day, it can be hard to put your phone away. But if you keep updating your news feed, it can push your bedtime back and make it hard for you to sleep.
Not getting enough sleep can affect your body in many ways and can even cause reproductive health problems. Studies have shown that men who sleep 6 hours or less and women who are sleep deprived are more likely to experience difficulties when trying to have a baby.
It can make you gain weight.
Phones are designed to grab your attention and trigger your immediate response. If you leave your phone on your nightstand, it’s easy to be tempted to check it if you wake up in the night, and after reading something disturbing, it’s harder to go back to sleep.
In addition to other unpleasant consequences, lack of sleep increases oxidative stress in your body and disrupts your circadian rhythm, causing you to gain weight. If you’re working hard to lose weight, consider leaving your phone in another room at night to avoid potential sleep disturbances.
It may make you more anxious.
Most of us are familiar with the feeling of not being able to stop compulsively checking our phones. All the ringtones, alerts and alarms can easily affect your stress level and cause anxiety.
Research has shown that people who suffer from anxiety often have trouble sleeping and, in turn, lack of sleep can increase their anxiety level by a staggering 30%. To break the cycle of anxiety and insomnia, try turning off your cell phone before bed and putting it away in another room.
Where do you keep your phone at night? Have you ever tried to let him out of your room before you go to sleep?