OK, this is a blog so you don’t need to tell me the truth. However, a coupe of people recently have been admitting to taking their beloved iPhones, iPads, Blackberries and laptops into bed with them. Is this a good idea? Well, let’s have a look.
1) Is it a sign of an addiction? Can you bear to be apart?
2) Is it just far too exciting and will it therefore keep you awake?
3) Do you REALLY need to check your Facebook page or emails in bed?
Recently I found out that the frequency of the backlighting on these devices is actually much worse than TV, and makes it much harder to wind down and to sleep. Also the games, emails, apps, social networking on these devices are all designed to stimulate you – bright lights, colours, trying to beat your record…. trying to grip your attention with facts, weather reports, things to click, drag and swipe…..
STIMULATION = WAKING UP not GOING TO SLEEP.
Therefore, here’s my advice:
Keep them out of the bedroom
If they call your name and tempt you to answer them, turn them OFF
Have an alarm set: a cut-off time in the evening. Avoid them for an hour before bed-time.
If you cannot bear to be without them, consider weaning yourself off gradually or going cold turkey. Some people genuinely have an iPhone or media addiction, which won’t be helping matters.
Remember: Your bed is for SLEEPING IN