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Should You Sleep With Your Phone? 5 Reasons To Make the Bedroom a No Phone Zone.
Are you sleeping with your phone in your room or on your pillow? You're not alone...
Research confirms over 60% of us have the cellphone next to us when we go to bed.
Common Sense* found that 62 percent of parents —keep their mobile devices within reach at night.
Sixty-eight percent of teenagers reported that they keep their mobile devices within reach at night.
Nearly a third (29%) of teens sleep with smartphones, cell phones or tablets
- A recent Sure Call cellphone-attachment survey of 1,000 adults found that 68% sleep with their phone next to or near their beds.
But just because the majority of us want our cellphones within reach as we nod off to sleep, it doesn't mean it's good for us.
That cellphone with its bright light, disruptive notification bings and dings and its invisible wireless energy or EMF can mess with our thinking, our minds our relationships and yes, our sleep.
Here are 5 reasons you may want to keep your smartphone out of your bedroom tonight.
1. The light from the screen does the opposite of make you sleepy.The luminous blue light that comes from our screens stops the release of the sleep hormone, melatonin. Our bodies have been designed to produce this hormone in our pineal gland and then magically release it according to natural day and night light cycles.
But looking at bright light at night is like looking at the bright sun or daylight at night. It's not natural and it tricks our bodies into thinking it's time to wake up and get going. In fact we can often get a cortisol release, just by looking at that light. Cortisol as you may know is that "high focus" fight or flight steroid hormone that comes from our adrenal glands. Let's save it for the daytime when we can really make the most of it.
Remember, ANY artificial blue light—from TV’s tablets, .e-readers, etc., stops the melatonin from being released in our bodies and can not only make it harder to get to sleep but can ruin the quality of your sleep too.
Boston's Brigham Research Center studied people who read from E-readers ,phones or devices before bed for 12 weeks. Participants who read from the iPad were less sleepy before bedtime, but sleepier and less alert the following morning after eight hours of sleep That's not good!
Still need to use your device within 2 hours of bed time? Grab this blue light blocking set for the right type of protection for your body needs at every hour of the day.
2. The phone near your pillow can cause cognitive impairment
Honestly, we don't want our cognition impaired. Our cognition refers to our thinking, knowing and learning. And cognitive impairment can mean forgetfulness or learning disabilities, concentration difficulties, A recent study found a correlation between those who kept their phones under or near their pillows and lower MoCA test scores.MoCA is the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, which is a series of questions designed to shed insight into how well your brain handles cognitive tasks.
Participants in the study showed decreased MoCA scores from those who by kept their mobile phone near their pillow while sleeping; MOCA=24.35 for near pillow groups and >25.5 for the groups that placed their mobile phone away from the pillow. BTW- scores for this test go up to 30 and 26 is considered normal cognition.
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3. One Survey Found That Those who sleep with their phones on or next to their beds are 3 times more likely to report feeling very unhappy or extremely dissatisfied with their lives, compared to those who don’t.
This statistic comes from that SureCell survey we talked about earlier said this could be more about what's termed "excessive phone use". It would stand to reason that if we need to have our phones in the bedroom, we probably like to use them a lot. There are many studies linking excessive phone use to isolation and depression.
But say that's not you- you're not depressed or unhappy, you're just used to that phone being close by. Nothing wrong with that.
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4. Magnetic EMF from the charging cord + phone screen and Wireless EMF from your cellphone can cause stress and dis-ease to your beautiful body.
There are now 1,000's of peer reviewed studies that show a connection between EMF and illnesses from infertility, to cancer, to immunity and headaches. You can find the details in our EMF Guide
A new study found that rats exposed to cellphones caused anxiety and a reduction in melatonin levels. Both of those don't mix well with trying to get a good night's sleep.
I got the chance to personally communicate with Kevser Delen the lead researcher on the study and she said that it wasn't just the effects on melatonin that she noticed, she also saw anxiety when the cellphones were on.
"In our study the distance between the rats and the antennae was about 20 cm. We suggest our exposure could be analogous with human exposure. We observed significant biological changes as written in the manuscript. I also observed that rats had anxietic behaviours when RFR (radiofrequency radiation) on."
Another great way to avoid EMF exposure while you're sleeping? Turn your WiFi off with this Kill Switch
5. Sleeping with the phone in your bedroom can be distracting and interfere with your relationship with your partner.
Did you know that the mere presence of your cellphone in view can cause you to be distracted? It's true. The study is eye opening and at the same time, pretty obvious. It's like when that phone isn't out of sight and tucked away, it's as though it calling out your name-- wanting your attention and distracting you from sleep. Or even more importantly, that fabulous human next to you in bed. Put the phone away and it will be easier to give them your full attention
You also don't want something called Technoference in the bedroom.
BYU asked 143 married or cohabiting women, about how tech was effecting their relationships. A stunning majority reported that phones, computers and other technology devices were significantly disruptive in their relationships. The technoference was associated with higher conflict and lower relationships satisfaction.
I completely get this one. I remember the first time my husband brought the phone to bed with us. He was staring at it and touching it and smiling -and I thought, oh my gosh, it's like he's talking to someone- and they're here with us- in our bed. But I can't see them, or hear the conversation. He wasn't actually communicating with anyone of course, he was just reading and scrolling as one does. But it made me feel uncomfortable. I looked at him and glanced down at that phone and said, "Honey, that is not happening." He looked at me and said. "Yeah. Okay." And that was that.
No phone in our bed ever since.
If you haven't experienced the peace and joy of a device free bedroom, give it a go and see if you don't sleep better and enjoy time more and find your personal sleep sanctuary more rejuvenating.
Make sure your phone is comfy too while you're all snuggled up in bed. Hang this charging station outside your room as a reminder for the whole fam to keep their phones out of their bedrooms!
Common Sense media research
Sure Call cellphone-attachment survey
Boston's Brigham Research Center 12 week study