Why Electronics Have Ruined My Sleep.

How do you sleep? Do you sleep well?

I do, for the most part. Or at least I used to. John used to give me grief because I used to be able to fall asleep within minutes of laying my head on the pillow.

Really.

One minute I would be chatting away, the next I would be mouth open, drool dripping, heavy breathing and into dreamland.

Not anymore though.

Lately I lay awake for at least 30 minutes trying to fall asleep. Then, sometimes when I get to sleep, I'll wake up at midnight, and then at 3 a.m., and 4 a.m., and then I just wake up because there's no point. Sadly, I know exactly why these patterns in my sleep have surfaced: Electronics.


When I am tucked in at night, ready to hit the lights, I realized I usually have my phone in my hands (a few inches from my face!). Cruising Facebook or Pinterest, texting or doing anything on my phone makes it harder for me to shut my brain off. I'm too stimulated with thoughts and images. Why do I do this to myself?! The brightness of the screen is shocking to my eyes, and by the time they adjust I am wide awake and have no chance of falling asleep.


Then, throughout the night, my phone will buzz and beep with notifications. I oftentimes turn the phone onto silent, but then there's always that little blue or green dot that blinks to remind me of a notification. So, I'll turn my phone face-down on the nightstand, if I remember.

I use my phone as an alarm clock, so leaving it downstairs in the kitchen isn't really an option. I do have a normal digital alarm clock in our room, but I never use it as an alarm clock. Shocking, I know. 

Then, there's the TV.


Yep, we're one of those couples with a TV in our bedroom. We didn't have a TV in our bedroom for many, many years. Then, about 2 years ago John won a small flat screen TV from a work raffle. We already had a TV in our living room (the only TV in our home, at that time), so we thought putting it in the bedroom would be fun.

Sure, watching QVC and the Open House/Home Buyers Guide on Sunday mornings was fun (we don't have cable), but it totally F'd up our sleep! We watch it before bed, and sometimes I leave it on until I fall asleep, only to turn it off at 2 a.m. when I am awoken to a loud commercial.

Here's my game plan, because this girl needs to make a few changes: 

1. No more phone in the bedroom. I'll use my alarm clock as an alarm in the morning. 
2. No more TV in the bedroom. I'll move it down to our kitchen. At least I can listen to the morning news while I am getting ready, or the evening news while I'm cooking dinner. However, I don't want to get in the habit of watching TV while we eat dinner. What would you recommend? 
3. I'll get back into the routine of reading a chapter or two in whichever book I'm into before bed. 
4. If I have trouble falling asleep, I'll use the white noise function on a timer on our alarm clock. 

Do you have some of the same issues as we do? Give us some advice, or commiserate with us regarding terrible sleeping habits. 

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10 comments:

  1. Cracked me up! I totally have to turn my phone over every night or the blinking lights wake me! :)

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  2. My new phone has an awesome feature that allows me to put in on silent during whichever hours I choose but I can still use it as an alarm. Also, the feature allows you to choose certain contacts telephone calls to come through at any time. I love it - and so does my light sleeper husband! Good luck!

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    1. OH! I didn't even know that was possible. I am going to check that right now. THANKS!

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  3. I agree with Bel. My s3 allowed me to filter everything except an "allowed" list for emergencies. I loved that...then I broke my s3 and the hoopty I have for now doesnt have that feature. It made a real difference. We also took the tv out of our bedroom...best move ever.

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    1. I have an S3, so I'm going to look into this feature. At least I can still keep my alarm that way. The TV is on it's way out this week! Boom.

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  4. I have.the same problem with my phone. My new phone also has night features but haven't figured out how to turn off the notifications or the light.

    Already no TV in the bedroom. Going to try to leave my phone out of my bedroom too.

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    1. I wish we wouldn't have put the TV in there in the first place. Now I'll go through withdrawals.

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  5. We also have a tv in the bedroom, but it doesn't feel like a distraction. However, the phone has become a problem. I find myself checking it all the time and should try putting it in a different room at night. I like your idea of reading a chapter of two of a book before bed. I should try this!

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    1. A few years ago (before the TV, of course) I would always read before bed. Thankfully, I never had the problem of getting too sucked in that I would stay up until 2 a.m..

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