Most of us are glued to our cell phones. Even if we’re good about skipping that hourly email check when we’re home with our families or putting it on silent at night, having that little piece of amazing technology in our pockets, purses and hands for most of the day is exhausting. So why take it with you when you go to bed?
It’s tempting to lay in bed and read on your phone, check a few late night emails, play a little game, set a phone alarm… but how is having your phone right there impacting your sleep? Getting a good night’s sleep and taking on the day well rested is a vital part of business success – and yet we’re bombarded with technology literally up to the minute we fall asleep. Your brain needs time to turn off… and that requires turning off the distractions like your cell phone.
Even if you do a great job of leaving work at work whenever possible, your cell phone can still be hurting your sleep cycle. Waking up in the middle of the night is a terrible feeling and losing those minutes – or even hours – of deep sleep can have a real impact on how you feel for the day, so why chance having your cell phone beep, ring, buzz, flash or do any of those things that can startle you out of your dreams?
At The Growth Coach, we want to challenge you. Put your phone in the kitchen. In the living room. In the study. Even on the other side of the bedroom. But do yourself and your business a favor and move it away from your nightstand. Just give it a shot and see how if it helps you sleep better. Does your email really need to be the very first thing you see when you wake up? We bet it can wait until after your shower. If it’s an emergency, they’ll probably call you anyway.
And if you need a scientific reason to skip taking the phone to bed, a study by Harvard Health showed that the blue light emitted from your cell phone – and many other electronics – can impact your body’s production, which can impact your sleep and your health overall.