Technology has an impact on our sleep. Cell phones, tablets, computers, and other electronic devices have become such a huge part of our daily lives that it is often hard to disconnect, even at bed time! Keeping your phone on your nightstand might not seem like a big deal, but between surfing the web or playing a game on your phone before bed you're probably keeping yourself from a restful night's sleep.
Melatonin Suppressant. The blue light emitted by screens (on cell phones, tablets, televisions, & computers) restrains the production of melatonin in the body. Melatonin is a hormone that helps control the sleep/wake cycle. Give yourself at least 30 minutes to 1 hour of screen free time before going to sleep at night.
Alert Brain. It may seem harmless, playing a few quick rounds of candy crush, sending some emails, or scroll through the news but by keeping your mind engaged your mind is tricked into staying awake longer. After spending a good portion of your day with technology, it is wise to unwind during the end of the day without it.
To read more on how technology impacts sleep, please read this article from the National Sleep Founation.