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The One Reason You Shouldn't Sleep With Your iPhone (Say It Ain't So!)

June 23, 2017 by Lisa Fogarty
shefinds | Style

Many of us live our lives with our iPhones attached to our hips. We carry them when we walk to the store, keep them out on tables when we eat, check them more than a dozen times during a work day, and catch up on one last text before turning in for the night. But if there’s one place your iPhone doesn’t belong, it’s by your bed.

The Problem With Blue Light

More and more people are experiencing sleep troubles — and, of course, more people are sleeping with their iPhone by their sides. One study published in the Nature journal revealed that not only can the blue light that is emitted by our devices keep us awake longer, it can actually disrupt the body’s melatonin production, which also prevents us from becoming sleepy. 

 

Another downside to keeping your phone so close to you at night? You may be tempted to check one last text, post one last comment on social media, or read yet another news article. Having access to so many distractions can keep you from resting.

Ban Tech Devices One Hour Before Bedtime

One way to ensure you get a good night's sleep is by imposing a restriction on yourself when it comes to all tech devices, including your iPhone. Stop using your phone at least one hour before bedtime and use that wind-down time to take a walk, do yoga, or listen to music. 

Turn Off WiFi Before Bed

This is a controversial and highly debatable topic, but some researchers believe there could be adverse health consequences to running WiFi day and night that could include addecting cell growth and decreasing concentration. If this is a concern for you, one way you can decrease any risk involved in using your device is by shutting off WiFi at night. This will also prevent you from feeling tempted to check email and play games instead of unwinding and getting to sleep.

 

Author:

Lisa Fogarty is a lifestyle writer and reporter based in New York who covers health, wellness, relationships, sex, beauty, and parenting.

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