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The One Habit That Might Be Making You Tired When You Wake Up

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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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Ameerah de Chabert has always had a passion for writing amongst a love for the arts in general. She began to pursue this passion in the arts from just 2 years old. She went on to attend an arts high school where she majored in creative writing and minored in dance. Besides that, Ameerah is pursuing film and stage management as a career with journalism as a more personal pursuit to share stories and relate people to each other. So far, she has been able to do that by working with Vox Teen Communications and Pretty Girls Sweat. She is now entering university as a film major. The arts are very fundamental to Ameerah. She hopes to one day be a loud voice for artists and an advocate for the arts, and later on a voice in the fight for human rights and environmental sustainability.