Tigerlilly Quinn: Tech free zone and getting more sleep

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Tech free zone and getting more sleep


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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24 comments:

angela said...

We don't have a tv in our bedroom. The only tech gadget I have is my mobile which I keep by my bedside incase my mum takes ill in the middle of the night and someone calls to let me know x

Jen Walshaw said...

We have always been a tech free bedroom zone, but after reading the book we got have made some other changes

missielizzie said...

I can well believe that stat! I got so peed off with my OH being permanently glued to his phone I secretly installed an app on it that monitored every minute he spent on his phone. It was practically all his waking time - he was shocked! And I'm supposed to be the one glued to social media ;)

Blue Eyed Night Owl said...

I have to admit it is actually midnight here… but… I do have a tech free bedroom and I don't really spend time on my phone either, so that is good:) But I do definitely want to get back into a routine where I don't leave my blogging till the last minute. Reading books is definitely a better evening pastime.


Love Tove Jansson too, by the way!

Globalmouse said...

ok, so now I feel totally guilty reading this so late at night!! I always used to have a bath and read a book before bed and I loved it but now I don't have time, or don't make time. But I should.... It's such a good idea to have a gentle wind down to bed rather than so much screen time!

Sarah Bailey said...

The bedroom is almost a tech free zone - I do take in my phone (for the alarm) and I read on my iPad but we got rid of the TV and DVD player so we are slowly going in the right direction I think. x

Sarah Rooftops said...

Yes! We do have our phones plugged in to be used as alarm clocks but we don't have anything in there which hums or glows and we don't check the internet while we're lying in bed - I'm a firm believer that the bedroom is for bed-related stuff, not for watching TV or interacting online. In fact, somebody just gave us one of those glowing egg thermometers (baby due in 3 weeks...) - I'm hesitant to have anything glowing in the room the baby sleeps in so we've had it plugged in for a couple of nights as an experiment and I'm amazed how aware of it I am. I can sleep through bright daylight but apparently not through tech!

Caroline - My Family Ties said...

It's a brilliant idea, I have managed to keep the bedroom tech free, but I still find myself on my Mac or phone till late every night writing blog posts or ideas, I wish I could say I was getting 8.5 hours a night but I suspect it's more like 6! x

The 40 Year Old DG said...

What a great idea, I have recently taken our TV out of the bedroom and although sometimes i do miss it its nice not to have the distraction. I hadst thought about the phones but they do glow so maybe that is why i don't really get too much sleep.

Wild & Grizzly said...

I am soooo bad at using my iphone in bed and can't belueve how much this probably effects all of me. Really need to curb my screen time. x

Stephs Two Girls said...

I love the tea idea too - but yes, I definitely need to set some boundaries and ban my phone from the room!!

Erica Price said...

I've tried to stop using my phone last thing at night and try to read for a while even if it's only a few minutes. I don't have problems getting to sleep though, but can wake too early.

lisa prince said...

i have also learned that turning of my computer and phone at an earlier time has been one of my biggest issues for not sleeping till 2am since i was 16 yrs, now for the first time ever im sleeping at a reasonable time and in bed before 10pm for the first time ever

Jaime Oliver said...

i so ought to make my bedroom a tech free zone! .. i certainly cross that boundary!

Claire Toplis said...

I am downing my phone at bed time .. I am guilt of way too much time on line i need to re jig

Kara said...

My phone and technology are normally away by 9pm - can't focus after that

Nikki Fraser | KS&MF said...

My phone is my alarm so I can't cut all technology out. But I can see that I could spend more time on social media devices then sleeping. Which is really bad.

rebeccaorr said...

I so need to tech down period...not just before bed either. With kids in the house, it seems like I get no sleep, but I really can't put all the blame on them. It really is because of my computer, phone, and ipad usage.

Beautyqueenuk said...

Oddly I find it much easier to sleep with the radio on in the background x

Boo Roo and Tigger Too said...

We never have tech in our bedroom but I am guilty of being on my phone or tablet up until the point I go to bed

Vaichin@RamblingThroughParenth said...

Anything for better and more sleep!

emmaand3 said...

I have to agree that since blogging so much I read so little. I used to read all the time and now I only read occasionally.

Dad Creek said...

I promise Im not reading this at 3:36am :O I'm terrible for technology in bed.

Little Jam Pot Life said...

I'm being terrible and reading this late! but I know what you mean and i've been doing the same, trying to read more books, bath, wind down before bed. not tonight obviously as im trying to catch up on a post before I move home! xx

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