Can’t Help Lurking On Social Media? Here’s How It Affects Your Sleep
December 7, 2018
The presence of social media in our society has definitely made a huge impact in our society. Aside from social media platforms enabling us to instantaneously communicate with anyone across the globe, anyone who has a social media account can literally reach out to billions of people and possibly influence our decisions with just a few taps.
Aside from the societal impact, it can also actually alter our personal lives—not just of the so-called digital generations (millenials and younger) but even of older generations who are now heavy users of social media themselves. One cause of concern for experts is social media’s effects on our sleeping habits. According to studies, most people who use Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram tend to check on their phone before going to sleep and end up staying up later than usual without them even realizing it.
If you think this has got nothing to do with you because you only “glance” at your phone before going to sleep, well, you better think again. Social media use before bedtime, even if it’s just for a few minutes, can still alter your usual sleeping habits because: 1.) the bright light from your mobile phone can stir your senses up and delay the onset of sleep, and 2.) “a few minutes” still pushes your sleep later thus, displacing more time available for sleep.
If you’re one of those who are constantly losing sleep because of social media, you should really be concerned with your health by now. Sleep deprivation is one of the major factors that can cause mental as well as physical illness. Lack of sleep weakens body immunity and increases the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Not to mention that it can also negatively affect your mood, concentration, and memory.
Here are some tips on how to get rid of excessive social media usage before bedtime:
Take a warm bath before bedtime.
Treating yourself to a nice warm bath after a long day’s work is truly something you should include in your pre-bedtime routine. The relaxing ambience of a steamy bathroom, the smell of fragrant soap, and the feel of warm water touching your skin can really help in preparing your body and mind for a night of restful sleep.
Herbal teas that is! Some of the most popular herbal teas known to help you get a relaxing sleep include chamomile, valerian, lemon balm, ginger/turmeric, lavender, and peppermint. Make it a habit to drink any of these amazing herbs before bedtime and expect a well-rested night every time.
Read a book.
Nope, we’re not talking about e-books that you read from your phones or tablets, but those good old-fashioned paperbacks. Aside from the fact that real books don’t have those wakening glare, the feel and smell of an actual book just makes the ambience of your pre-bedtime ritual more sleep-inducing.
If you’re not into reading, you can practice meditation tokeep your mind and body relaxed. This will help slow down your heart rate, lower your blood pressure, and effectively release stress from your body, allowing you to drift off easily when you decide to go to sleep.
Avoid using your phone an hour before bedtime.
Easier said than done, of course, but it’s just a matter of self discipline.. If you’re having a hard time doing it, then do it gradually—say, 30 minutes ‘til bedtime at first, then 45, until you reach an hour.
Place your phone outside the bedroom.
Having your phone within arm’s reach will just tempt you to check on your social media accounts. So the trick is to just place it somewhere that’s hard for you to access when you’re in bed.
Use a real alarm clock.
Many use their phones as an alarm clock, prompting them to set their smartphones on their nightstands. And as earlier mentioned, when you can reach your phone that easily, you’ll just be tempted to use it when you’re in bed.
Make your bed as comfortable as possible.
Because, really, how can you expect a good night’s sleep if your bed isn’t that inviting, right? So if you really want have that restful sleep every night, you should invest in a mattress, mattress topper, and pillows that offer the best in comfort. Like the Uratex Premium Touch collection, which combines comfort and aromatic essences, ensuring a restful sleep every time.
This social media-sleep statistic should be a wakeup call for all of us. Sure, having a social media account has its perks, especially when it makes it easier to communicate with others anywhere in world. But when it poses a threat to our health, then we should really try to reduce using them as much as possible, especially at bedtime.
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