I read a statistic the other day that shocked me a little (and depressed me in equal measure!) that as a nation the average person spends more time a day using media and devices than sleeping (so over 8.5 hours). As a blogger being online is my job but it's also a bit of an addiction and knowing that I need to create a bigger work/life boundary is something that is on my mind a lot. Even then though I would probably watch a film or chat with friends via FB or text so I'm really rarely offline or off screen watching very much at all!
According to research collected by Silentnight this increased amount of tech means we are not getting enough kip and sleep disorders are up by 20% in the last five years.
I recently discovered by sleep was pretty shocking, although I get the right amount of hours these are usually broken and restless meaning I never sleep a full nights undisturbed sleep. Whilst a couple of wake up's can be put down to my 3 year old the rest are simply me not unwinding I think and it's something I want to address properly this year before it effect my health too much.
Browsing the internet before bed (I hope none of you are reading this late at night ;)) overloads the 'working memory' of the brain resulting in poor sleep so it's advised to be tech free for 60-90 mins before sleep each night. Something that will take a lot of will power in my case I think!
One of the things I've decided to implement into my evening routine is a bath and then a book. I've barely finished three books in the last three years which I feel horrendously guilty about so I'm going to try and force myself to have at least an hour each day to do this, what is nicer than a long soak and a good book! On that note if you have read any page turners recently do tell!
I've started to implement a tech free zone in our bedroom now so it's not the last thing I look at before I fall asleep and although I haven't managed to do this for an hour before it's something I'm really working on! I've also switched my evening cuppa to chamomile which I actually think has been making quite a difference.
Would you try a tech free zone in your bedroom to ensure better sleep?
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