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Can't sleep? Stop taking your iPhone to bed

By David Lawrence |

In an age where smartphones are increasingly becoming an integral part of everyday life, it's easy to get attached. You may even find yourself tapping and scrolling away at your mobile 24/7, especially when you have a busy career in technology, recruitment or broadcast media, where the emails are nonstop.

When it gets to nighttime, however, it's important to put your phone down. Not only does using your smartphone before bed cut into the time that could be spent doing something productive, but it can also have detrimental effects on your sleep and overall health. This is because of the blue light that smartphones emit (https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/blue-light-has-a-dark-side), which hinders the amount of hours we spend sleeping when between the sheets. Unfortunately, it only gets worse, as research has even shown that it may contribute to the causes of diabetes, cancer, obesity and heart disease.

How can I stop using my phone before bed?

There are a number of ways you can cut down on your phone use before bedtime. Here's just a few ideas:

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Get an alarm clock

Do you use you smartphone as your alarm clock? If so, this is a great place to start: get an alarm clock. This will stop you from excusing yourself from 'just checking one more time' before you drift off to sleep.

Use the Do Not Disturb function

The temptation to hit that button on your phone to check for new notifications can be overwhelming and can really disturb your sleep. Remember, your phone has a Do Not Disturb function for a reason, use it.

Put your phone charger in another room

A lot of people keep their phone charger by their bedside, so it's no wonder that they spend the evenings scrolling through their Instagram feed rather than snoozing. Put your charger in another room and place your phone on charge for the night an hour before you go to bed to stop this habit.

Develop a new routine

Whether this means taking up meditation, yoga or writing down your thoughts, a new routine will help you to break your bedtime phone habit.

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David Lawrence

Written by David Lawrence

David is the founder of Vine Resources.