Social Media's Night Time Effect
We’ve all done it. We scroll through social media before bed. We might even think “This will help me sleep”. In fact, it is doing the opposite. The Washington Post said, “Blue light is especially good at preventing the release of melatonin, a hormone associated with nighttime”. Along with the right chemicals not getting released like they should, social media encourages us to “keep watching”. There is always another like, another share, another funny video. You didn’t plan to be on long, but an hour goes by and you still haven’t moved. At night this can really disrupt your sleeping pattern. Because you didn’t get enough sleep, it’s harder to focus during the day and be as productive as you could have been. Teenagers especially are affected at school and it is reflected in their grades.
In your household, try “parking” your phones at a certain time of the evening. This encourages not only “winding down” but also family interaction. You could also set a reminder 30 min - 1 hour before bedtime to remind YOURSELF to get off the screen and grab a book. These habits can help you sleep and improve overall productivity the next day! #getunplugged #parkit