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Impact of Technology at Night

I don’t know about anyone else, but I always go through social media before I go to sleep at night. A lot of the time, this keeps me up. I might have found something interesting on a social media network and kept reading into it, or I might be up late texting or snapchatting friends. I know going on your phone before you go to sleep isn’t good for you, so I decided to lookup the exact reasons why.

  1. The light from your phone reduces the amount of melatonin you receive so it makes it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.

  2. By keeping our minds engaged watching tv or reading an article on your phone, technology can trick your brain into thinking it needs to stay awake.

  3. Regularly using a computer late at night is associated with sleep disorders and stress.

Although I can’t see the direct effects of number three, I can definitely say I’ve experienced the first two. I almost always have a hard time falling asleep, and if I can’t fall asleep within the first twenty minutes, I usually return to using my phone. Maybe I should start putting my phone down a little earlier before I go to bed.

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  • I'm normally on some form of technology before I go to bed, but I don't really think it affects how I sleep. If I use my phone even 5 minutes before I go to bed, I always fall asleep fast. I've always heard of these reasons for having wacky sleep schedules, but I don't really think it affects mine too much.
  • I also tend to stay on my phone till I fall asleep. I normally go just pas out at like 11:30 while on apps but then I'll wake up at 2 or 4 in the morning. I automatically check my phone or sometimes I think I need to get ready for school because my blinds are shut. When I really need to go to bed I put my phone on do not disturb and the brightness down and turn music on.
  • This sounds really weird, but I've noticed that if I turn the volume and brightness down on my phone and turn on night mode, going on youtube and watching bath bomb demos help me fall asleep so much easier. I'm not really sure why, but it's very relaxing to me. It's a lot harder if I have the brightness and volume up, though. I think these things combined are what makes it better for me.
  • I've fallen into the habit of having my laptop with me as I go to bed. But I don't stay up late, and I sleep well, so thus far I have not been negatively affected by this. But I used to always read printed books before I went to sleep, and I wish I could return to that habit.
  • I always use my phone right before bed. I even sleep with it right next to me. I tend to stay up a lot later if something is interesting on social media or if someone keeps contacting me, I hate to be the person to go to bed first. My phone definitely keeps me up longer.
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