By now, I’ve learned it is incrediblyeasy to peer at my phone screen and then realize I’ve read five articles and looked at 25 Instagram stories and it’s midnight.
Or, my husband and I will put an episode of a favorite show, only to realize in a flash that three hours have gone by. These habits are certainly entertaining and fun, of course, but they’re also not very good for your health.
Here’s why: screens put out a blue light, which suppresses melatonin — remember, the hormone that cues your body to wind down for sleep. When you’re looking at a screen and using technology before bed, your brain receives a message to stay active and alert, making it hard to fall asleep later on.
To switch gears, I tried to build a couple evening habits sans technology, like taking a bath and listening to an audiobook, reading a magazine in bed or listening to a short guided meditation.
It was difficult at first, because I was so accustomed to relying on the television to chill out before bed, but I eventually loved giving my brain, and eyes, a break.