Why You Should Ban Mobile Phones from Your Bedroom

In the age of social media, it’s easy to forget that being glued to your mobile phone can actually be pretty bad for both your physical and mental wellbeing. With daily screen time at an all time high, it’s perhaps time to take a step back and think about eliminating your phone from at least one of two aspects of your life. Banning your mobile from the bedroom is a great place to start, stopping the art of the phone being the last thing you look at before bed, and the first thing you look at when you wake up in the morning.

In recent years, those studying the phenomenon have found that chronic sleep deprivation is directly linked to our devices being allowed in the same space in which we sleep. There’s lots of evidence as to the reasons why using our phones in bed interrupts our sleep, but one of the biggest factors that seems to come up over and over again is that of blue light. Smartphones are one of the biggest sources of emitting bright blue light, yet research has shown that blue light exposure is extremely helpful during daytime hours, and can be beneficial in speeding up reaction times, strengthening alertness and attention span. Yet when exposed to blue light before bed, studies have found it to be extremely harmful to sleep rhythms, due to its ability to disrupt circadian rhythms. You’re more likely to get to sleep, and have potentially interrupted sleep, if you’ve not spent time on your phone before bed.

If that isn’t enough to make you want to stop the ‘using your phone in bed’ habit, there’s also lots of conversation around how we as a society are too engrossed in what everyone else in the world is doing, and not focusing enough on our own relationships at home. Banning your mobile phones in the bedroom means attention can be spent elsewhere, and you can spend some time having a real-life conversation, as opposed to a digital one.

With such busy lives, it’s no doubt fair to say that our relationships both with each other, and with ourselves, are the things that are left last on the list. When was the last time you took some time to yourself, in your own space, phone free? You’d be surprised how liberating it can feel to completely shut off from the world and know that you aren’t so easily accessible for a moment or two. Leaving the phone downstairs and taking some time, curled up with a good book, or just sitting quietly in your own space, can have a positive effect on both your wellbeing, and your likeliness to sleep more successfully come evening.

Whilst smart phones are amazing for so many things, keeping us in constant contact with loved ones, snapping photos to remember special moments and reminding us of important events, there’s definitely an argument to have some “phone free” time, which should support both better internal feeling, and quality sleep.

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