Saw a news story that hit home.... really hit home... like, right in the bedroom. And no, it's not about THAT.
It's about the phone that I keep on the nightstand. I check it before I go to bed... I check it if I wake up in the middle of the night... and it's the first thing I check in the morning.
Apparently, that's a problem. And while this story mentioned it being a problem for millenials, I'm thinking it may be a BIGGER problem for MOMS.
Because that's why the phone is there. Always by my side. I'm afraid I'm going to miss something from the kids. And I'm not sure how old they're going to have to be before I quit feeling that way.
Here's the story:
"Checking your smartphone before and after sleep could be adding to your stress. A recent poll found 63-percent of Americans keep their phones near the bed so it's the last thing they look at before going to sleep and the first thing they see when they wake up. Now, a new study says checking the phone before and after sleep is causing millennials stress and anxiety. The study found that leaving your smartphone outside the bedroom when you sleep can improve your mental well-being in as little as a week."
And here's a study that says we're sleeping with the frenemy (nice take-off on a really intense Julia Roberts movie there.)
Not using smartphones in the bedroom lead to ⇧ happiness & quality of life/sleep, ⇩ risk of smartphone addiction, and improves sleep, relationships, focus & wellbeing. #ThereIsEvidenceForThat @CMichaelGibson @DrLindaMD @BethFratesMD @ELSpsychology https://t.co/KPm0fd70FD! pic.twitter.com/OWJa6QAH5Y— Edip Gurol (@guroledip) April 12, 2018
Oh, and here's another tidbit. It's not just anxiety over whether someone is trying to reach you or you're missing something... the light from the phone itself is an issue.
And something else to think about. When was the last time you read a book? Or are you just reading your phone?
Again, guilty as charged.
My reading plummeted when I switched to a smart phone which meant the internet lived beside my bed. In the years since, I've brought it back up with a rule (often broken) about no phone by the bed. Which seems terribly unsafe, but necessary, I've decided. https://t.co/QBL91z56WO— Sandra Gail Lambert (@sandralambert) April 2, 2018