Here is a video which I wanted to share with you all. The video is about the impact of using smartphones at bed and the negative impact it can have on our lives forever. I, for one, certainly have decided not to indulge in this activity and this video shows how bad it is.
Dr. Dan Siegel, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine explains the negative effects of using smartphones while going to sleep. Light from the screen falls on your eyes which then tells the brain don’t go to sleep. This prevents active neurons in your brain to stop working and further prevents the secretion of melatonin. So for example, if you go to bed by 12 and have to get up by 6, you get only 5 hours of sleep. The active neurons do rest, but the supportive cells called Glial cells, clean up all the toxins that the active neurons produced before does not have enough time to clean up the toxins. If there is only 5 hours or less than 5 hours of sleep, the toxin remains and continues to build up. This leads to memory impairment, insulin goes haywire, and furthermore it is very toxic to the connections. Hence it is important to get 7-9 hours of sleep. So, if you think 5 hours of sleep is enough, think again.
Here are some of my tips when I go to bed:
1. Put the mobile in “Do Not Distrub (DND)” mode (most smartphones have this feature). This is basically switches of your data connectivity, turns your wifi off, reduces the brightness of the screen, etc. Hence no more WhatsApp pings 🙂
2. Keep your phone from a distance to where you sleep. So, in case you do get the urge to access your mobile, you have to move from your bed to access the phone. Most times I found myself refraining from doing so, as I tend to get sleepy.
3. Read a book for 10-20 minutes. This has, for me at least, worked wonders. I don’t know if this is a good idea, but it certainly works.
If you have any other good habits that you follow to avoid sleeping late and wish to share, do so in the comment area.