When you wake up, do you find it hard to feel awake? Do your eyes still feel heavy like they did the night before? Although science and wellness websites warn us about the dangers of using smartphones and tablets within an hour before bed, we don’t think much of it and brush it off our shoulders. Maybe before you sleep you need to reply to everyone who’s texted you that day, but truly, using your phone right before you close your eyes isn’t the smartest idea. With the latest IOS update, you can now put your phone on night mode but that, though it helps, still doesn’t compare to not using your phone at all.
Why Should I?
The light emitted from your phone can be an extra strain on your eyes especially if you spend the day looking at TVs, computers, tablets, or phones. Plus, the human eye, as great as it is, is very sensitive. Ever heard the saying, “Don’t watch too much TV,” or the saying, “Don’t sit so close to the TV”? Well these days, it might as well be “Don’t look at your phone so close… or for so long.”
Will I feel better?
Yes, you will. Put your phone away and create a nighttime routine that incorporates positive energy. Reflect on your day in a journal and include something that you're thankful for. Try reading a book, which is a good mental and eye exercise that will help your eyes turn down. After some days, you will be more eager to take on the day ahead. To put the icing on the cake, waking up and not checking your phone first thing will make matters much better! At least, I can attest to that. When I used to look at my phone as soon as I wake up, my eyes would become a bit blurry and watery. But when I wait a while, do my morning routine, then check my phone, I feel a little more at ease and awake.
It's sleep awareness week!
When you get enough z's, you will be more productive, make fewer mistakes, improve your memory, prevent burnout, and make better decisions. Sleep also plays an important role in your physical health. Not getting enough sleep is linked to increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. So join our #SLEEPCHALLENGE during (3/6 – 3/13). Be in bed by 10 pm.
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