In this crazy, hectic world we live in, it’s amazing how smartphones have taken over our lives. For many reasons, this is fantastic. Communication is immediate. Mobility is increased. Productivity is enhanced and the list of benefits goes on.
In fact, you are probably reading this post from your smartphone.
Having said the above, for the vast majority of us, these smartphones seem to be shooting us in the foot.
It seems we have moved from using smartphones as a tool that makes life easier to being addicted to a point of no control.
Dr Dab Siege, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, highlights the following about checking your smartphone before bed:
- It reduces sleeping hours to five hours when the vast majority of society needs seven to nine hours of sleep
- It impairs your memory
- It reduces your ability to think through problems and solve them
- It affects your metabolism, making it more likely that you will eat more and gain weight
So what exactly is the solution?
The simple, but difficult to implement solution is to shut off your smartphone at least an hour before going to bed.
It’s a simple solution. However, because habits are tough to break, it may be difficult to implement. However, if you want to preserve your health and be more productive in your everyday life, I would highly advise that you implement the above.