The telephone is a must in everyday life and now, the device accompanies us everywhere. Only, there is a place where it should not accompany us: on the bedside table. Find out why the cell phone shouldn’t follow us when it’s time to sleep.
Exchanging with our loved ones, listening to music, watching videos are all things that our smartphone allows us to do. However, you should not bring it everywhere with you and this is particularly the case in the bedroom. This device should not be placed on the bedside table.
The increased use of social media has made smartphones indispensable. They allow us to be connected at any time of the day and to keep up to date with everything that our friends and contacts are up to thousands of miles away.
Where to put the mobile phone when we want to sleep?
Gabriela Paoli, psychologist and author of the book “Digital Health: Keys to Healthy Use of Technology” knows a lot about this subject and urges us to leave the phone out of reach when we fall asleep because it could keep us awake at night. night and prevent us from going back to sleep. “If we wake up during the night, we will surely be tempted to log on and we will lose hours of sleep which will bring us negative consequences the next day. Fatigue, lack of concentration, irritability or aggressiveness are some of these consequences.
So if we’re going to sleep, where should we leave our phone? The answer is simple: in any place that we cannot reach from our bed. Gabriela Paoli recommends several things, but above all she recommends turning off Wi-Fi.
“If turning off Wi-Fi is important, I recommend putting the phone in Airplane mode and leaving it in another room. And go back to the old and healthy habits of always: waking up, and reading a good book or listening to a radio program to fall asleep. In this way, you will no longer be tempted by the desire to log on during the night and deprive yourself of hours of rest. »
Claudia Gómez, psychologist, recalls that it is advisable to sleep without a mobile phone. It is aimed in particular at those who are highly dependent and recommends avoiding the use of screens in general before going to sleep (1 hour or 30 minutes) to avoid problems falling asleep and thus be able to enjoy a quality rest. .
“If we use screens just before bed, we delay the production of melatonin, a hormone responsible for inducing sleep. Our rest and the quality of our sleep will be affected,” she explains.
If we don’t have the phone nearby…
Nowadays, it seems strange to us not to see someone with their smartphone constantly hanging in their hand. We have normalized this fact so much that on many occasions we feel embarrassed when we don’t have the cell phone nearby. When we feel a very intense need to be on this device all day, we can identify with some of these aspects highlighted by Claudia Gómez:
- Restlessness if we do not have the mobile nearby when eating or sleeping
- Not being able to fall asleep if the phone is not on
- Constant review of new social media notifications and messages
- Constantly checking the home screen for new messages
- Restlessness or nervousness if we do not leave the house with a 100% battery or if it is discharged
It is important to take these aspects into account because in the long term they can intensify and generate great emotional discomfort and in the long term, impact well-being. Do not hesitate to seek psychological help if you notice one or more of these symptoms.
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