Social media has become a minute to minute, hour to hour fixture in modern day life. We love connecting with long lost friends, keeping up to date with breaking news stories and even the opportunity to start a career right from your personal page.
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram it is all so great, until it is time for bed…
Health magazine recently found studies that suggest, "The blue light given off by computers, smartphones, tablets, and TV prevents the production of melatonin which helps the body become sleepy." Robert Rosenberg, DO, author of Sleep Soundly Every Night, Feel Fantastic Every Day, recommends avoiding any light-emitting technology for at least one hour before bedtime.
It is important to put boundaries on social media usage. With such unlimited access to the world from the comfort of our home our self-discipline is certainly tested.
If you’re looking for the perfect social media/sleep balance, we’ve got some tips for you.
- Instead of charging your phone on your night stand, leave it in another room.
- Give yourself a break from your phone screen before bed time; instead of scrolling through Facebook take some time to read.
- If you wake up in the middle of the night, try not to check social media… Just close your eyes and resist the temptation!