• Neil G.

A Quick Tip To A Better Night's Sleep


Most of us are aware that it's not a good idea to be checking our smartphones or other devices whilst we are in bed, preparing for sleep. It's probably an intuitive feeling, that we are not allowing our brains to 'shut down'. Here's a bit of science to back it up.

The nature of the light emitted from most device screens means that people are exposing their eyes to stream of photons which tell your brain to stay awake. It's not done with the day yet.

As a result, brain does not release melatonin, the sleep hormone, and the body does not receive the signal to prepare for sleep.

So then, a while later, you're still awake, so you think, I may as well check my email again. And the cycle continues.

A plan to get a reasonable seven hours, from 23:00 to 06:00, ends up being just 5 hrs of sleep as you've finally drifted off at 01:00. And the problem is that it's just not enough time for your brain to clear out the toxins produced during the day's activities. The vast majority of people need 7-9 hrs for this process to complete.

So, the next day, attention, memory, and thinking processes are all impaired whilst these toxins remain. It's similar to the way our muscles ache after exercise until those toxins are cleared.

If you recognise this in yourself, and want to address it, you need an action plan. Here's a simple suggestion. Put down all your devices an hour before bed time. Make the conscious decision to do it. Write yourself a note if you need to be reminded. Make it a habit. And trust the process.

Good luck.

Neil

#science #habits #choice #behaviour

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