By now, I’ve learned it is incredibly easy 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.