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Why you should avoid using your phone just before you go to bed

By Winnie Onyando December 15th, 2022 2 min read

What is the last thing you check before you retire to bed and the first thing you check immediately when you get up?

Research has now shown that 98 per cent of people check their cellphones before they go to bed. To many this has become a habit.

According to the Pew Research Center, as many as 65 per cent of adults and 90 per cent of teens, sleep with their phones in sight.

Whether it’s that update first thing in the morning, social media right before sleeping, or anything in between, checking your phone in bed can affect how much sleep you get and how restful it is.

Here are some of the reasons why you should avoid using your phone some minutes before going to bed:

Phone stimulates your mind and makes you active – Have you realized that the more your eyes see the light, the more you are brightening up?
Well, it is in order to avoid insomnia by keeping your phone away a few minutes before you jump into your pajamas. Your mind is more alert when you use your phone because it will still be processing what your eyes are watching or seeing. This can make it harder to fall and stay asleep.

Blue light is harmful to your eyes – The blue light released by your cell phone screen makes you more active than ever before. The more your eyes are exposed to the light, the less likely you will fall asleep. Studies show that exposure to blue light can cause damage to your retinas.

Increase brain alertness at night – If you receive a Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or TikTok post you didn’t agree with then it’s going to be more difficult for you to relax and go to sleep. When you keep your mind engaged then falling asleep might be very difficult. Ensure you relax and take time to just listen to your breath instead of feeding in your mind with social media content.

Compromises alertness the next day – Since you spent that extra time staying awake watching trending TikTok videos and laughing instead of sleeping, you’re likely to be more tired and less alert for the next day.

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