Here’s Why (And How) You Should Avoid Using Your Phone Before Bed

Here at Net10, we get it – you love your phone. But using it before bedtime may not be the best idea.

“Should I use my phone before bed?”

This question has become common as mobile phones have earned a more important place in our everyday lives. But while it’s easy to think there’s no harm in tapping away at your smartphone before you fall asleep, the habit may not be the best move for your health.

Woman using a smartphone in bed

Why it’s a problem

Using your smartphone before bed can have a direct impact on your overall well-being.

Using your smartphone before bed can have a direct impact on your overall well-being, and it all starts with the blue light that’s given off by your phone screen. While blue light is a natural part of everyday life, the human eyes connect such light with daytime. Viewing your phone screen at night may trick your mind into believing it’s earlier in the day, which can throw a wrench in your sleep cycle by preventing the creation of melatonin. In turn, this might cause you to lose valuable sleep, which could lead to issues that range from trouble concentrating to serious mood-related problems, such as anxiety or depression.

Changing your habits

If you automatically reach for your phone before drifting off, there’s good news – there are plenty of techniques you can use to help break the habit. Perhaps one of the simplest is to move your phone away from the bed when it's time to go to sleep. It’s easy to use proximity to your alarm as an excuse, but keeping your phone at a distance could also help you wake up without hitting snooze and oversleeping.

If you typically stay awake in bed for a while before falling asleep, simply turn to another form of entertainment that doesn’t involve screens. Grab a book and use a lamp that projects warm tones, or pick up a pair of Bluetooth headphones, so you can listen to your favorite music or podcasts without keeping your phone by your side.

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