Is Technology Keeping You from a Good Night’s Sleep?

Are your favorite gadgets causing you to struggle with insomnia?

Finding yourself wide-eyed long into the wee hours night after night? Insomnia is a stressful and uncomfortable condition that affects your work performance, relationships, and general happiness, and it could have an unlikely culprit – your television, your tablet, your laptop, and, yes, even your precious smartphone. Really? Unfortunately, research conducted by the National Sleep Foundation has shown this to be true. Here's how you can once again achieve a good night's rest – without going completely off the grid.

Find a new way to unwind before bed. Catching your favorite television show before hitting the sheets is practically an American tradition, but like cheeseburgers and fried foods, it's not a healthy one. Instead, spend your last hour awake with the television off. Relax with a book, a bath, or a cup of tea. Of course, it should go without saying that sleeping with the television on is not a good idea either.

Keep work out of the bedroom. Your body receives mixed signals when you use your bedroom as a makeshift office or study room. Don't even bring your computer, text books, or work documents into that room, no matter what time it is.

Put your phone on silent – or keep it in another room at night. Even if you don't think the sound of text messages or emails wakes you up, they are disrupting a delicate sleep cycle.

Don't make your phone the last thing you see before falling asleep. There is nothing relaxing about reading an email from a stressed client or a text message from a anxious friend right before bed, in the middle of the night, or immediately upon waking. Since you can't filter communications by content, keep that phone quiet!

If you're tossing and turning every night, you may be struggling with a sleep disorder. Our Sleep Diagnostic Institute can help! For more information, visit our website or give us a call at 972-420-7400.

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