I am Dr. Hassan, a Board-Certified Physiatrist and Independent Practice Owner. I help physiatrists start and grow their own profitable practices so they can achieve financial independence and live without limits.
Your nightly smartphone usage is making you tired during the day. Many of us sure do have an infatuation with technology. Can you identify? Are you in love with your smartphone? Maybe your cell phone isn’t as smart; it doesn’t have all the capabilities of the latest models. Even so, if it has an electronic display (and they all do), it’s slowly and methodically robbing you of your energy. Many of us complain of a lack of energy or moving through our daily routine and constantly reaching for a caffeinated drink or sugary treat for an energy boost. This practice can deliver a huge jolt of energy for a short period of time. As you know, it’s almost always followed by a crash, where our eyelids are drooping, and we feel like we want to lie down. Instead of turning to unhealthy energy boosters, you can manufacture plenty of all-day energy simply by putting your phone to bed before you hit the sack.
How your smartphone fakes you into thinking it’s daytime
How many electronic displays do you have in your home? There is your phone. Of course, you probably have television sets and tablets. Maybe there’s a desktop, TV, or gaming system in your home. All those electronic displays deliver blue colored light to some degree. The blue colors created by your phone or tablet are almost identical to the natural blue light found in sunshine. It slows down the production of melatonin. That’s a hormone that triggers sleep at night. Bathing in any electronic blue light at night tricks your body and mind into thinking you should be awake. Your circadian rhythm — your natural sleeping and waking cycle — is being given false information. Rather than promoting sleep, your nighttime blue screen viewing is robbing you of energy.
Studies show that divorcing yourself from electronic displays at least an hour before bedtime improves sleep habits and makes it easier to fall asleep. Your quality of sleep is improved. Your chances of enjoying a full sleep cycle are boosted. That means the following morning you wake up easily. You don’t have to hit the snooze button five times and choke down two or three cups of sugar laden coffee just to wake up. If you drag during the day and feel like you need more energy, do it the natural way. limit your exposure to electronic devices with displays at night. This practice will help you sleep better at night, so you aren’t tired throughout the day.
Is lack of time management causing you to go to bed later every night because you’re still up getting things done? Check out our blog post here for strategies for managing your time.
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