Having Trouble Falling Asleep at Night? Why Your Phone Might Just be Your Enemy.

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A nurse friend recently filled me in on an interesting fact.

Blue light promotes wakefulness.

This type of light is especially present in digital screens like those on a laptop, iPad or phone.

In other words, one of the worst things a person could do when trying to wind down for a night of sleep is to get on one of these devices.

Huh?!

My friend also told me what she was doing with this new bit of knowledge (which I easily confirmed as common knowledge with a quick Google search).

She is consciously substituting her nightly phone browsing for a book.

So now, instead of spending needless time online and ultimately sabotaging her ability to fall asleep, she is transforming her mind by reading a Christ-centered book and allowing her body to actually settle down.

She noticed a difference not only in her sleep, but also her life, as she added one more touch point with God to her day.


I was super interested in this whole line of thinking because,

  1. I cannot get to sleep at night. It’s a frustrating problem that makes me tired and affects my mood. I’ve been blaming it on pregnancy, but really, it’s how I spend most of my life.
  2. I tell myself don’t have time to read, even though I know it’s worthwhile and hugely beneficial when I do take the time.
  3. I want to feel more connected to God overall in life.

So, I followed her lead!

I now have officially unallowed myself to get on my phone or iPad after heading to bed at night.

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I already have a self-inflicted 10 pm TV-watching curfew (to which my husband holds me accountable like nobody’s business. He’s awesome.)

But previously I had been spending another 45 minutes or more perusing Facebook or Mommy-swap type sites on my phone after climbing into bed in an attempt to “wind down” to sleep.

…And then HOURS actually trying to fall asleep.

But no more.

So, I’m reading again, and I’m very pleased about that.

I’m currently working on Disciples of The Heart: Turning Your Inner Life to God by Anne Ortlund.

And my friend and I get to encourage one another and talk about what we’re learning.

My pattern of behavior is changing, and so is my sleep. By the time I put down my book, I am groggy rather than wired. It’s a good feeling.

Is there anyone else out there who needs to make a similar change?

If so, let me encourage you to give it a try!

 

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2 Comments

2 Comments on Having Trouble Falling Asleep at Night? Why Your Phone Might Just be Your Enemy.

  1. Brittany
    January 23, 2015 at 3:11 PM (2 years ago)

    I learned this same fact while doing a research project in college. My issue is that my husband says he needs the TV to help him fall asleep so it is on through the night. I fell asleep better when we didn’t have a tv in our room.

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  2. Michelle
    January 23, 2015 at 10:02 PM (2 years ago)

    Yes, I totally need to make changes to my night time routine. For me it’s really a lack of self discipline and laziness. I just need to buckle down and make a 21 day commitment to form better habits.

    I knew about not having lights towards you when sleeping (like an alarm) but I didn’t realize about the phone and computer! Makes total sense! Thank you for the info and encouragement to make better choices. Better choices=a more Joyful wife and momma 🙂

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