My bedside table is a busy tangle of power supply leads. It’s not pretty.
This is because I charge my phone and iPad there overnight while I’m sleeping. I use them, and my laptop, in bed.
I could be blogging, or sending emails, or checking social media until late. When I wake up, I often grab my phone before my eyes are fully open to check messages or news headlines. It’s just the way things are, and having spoken to my work colleagues, I think it’s a fairly standard thing to do.
Increasingly, I’m becoming aware of the downsides of keeping tech so close to me at the end of the day. As well as the screen brightness, there’s the constant potential for a notification from any number of apps on my phone which may interrupt efforts to relax. This study even says that use of an iPad in bed before turning the light off reduces how sleepy you feel.
I recently wrote about the importance of having some wind-down non-screen time for the kids before bedtime to allow their brains to cool a bit. Doesn’t it make sense that should also apply to me?
So, I’m going to give it a shot. For one whole week, I’m going to leave my laptop, phone and iPad out of the bedroom.
My reading will have to be from books, and not the tablet, just like the way it used to be. I won’t have any dinging from social networks and my room will not be lit by my phone screen in the early hours by an email notification.
What I’m hoping to achieve by doing this is a greater state of relaxation from the lack of online stimulus. Perhaps I’ll enjoy deeper or better quality sleep.
Maybe I’ll just be annoyed for a week and not sleep any better.
The week starts tonight. I’ll let you know how I get on.