Sending and receiving messages late at night can make it hard to fall asleep. And
those late night pings, rings, and vibrations can wake you up and leave you feeling
tired and unfocused when it's time for school. Lack of sleep, or interrupted sleep,
can affect everything from your mood to your sports performance.
Sure, you want to stay connected with your friends, but how useful can you be when
you're exhausted? Give your "tech" (texts, social media, emails, calls) a rest from
bedtime until your alarm clock rings so you can rest.
How can you ease out of being available all the time to unplugging at bedtime?
Here are some tips to follow at night that will help boost your energy and focus in
Log off your messaging apps, social media, and email. Pings in
the middle of the night can interrupt your sleep — even if you don't get up
to answer them. And, more than likely, if your friends see that you're logged out,
they'll log out too.
Turn off your phone (don't just set it on vibrate) when it's time for
bed. Buzzes can be just as loud as beeps or rings, especially late at night
when everything else is quiet. Plus, if your friends have no one to talk to, maybe
they'll be inspired to turn off their cell and catch some Zzzs, too.
Get in the habit of powering off your devices — especially if they're
in your room. Turn off all electronics, like laptops, tablets, TVs, and video
game consoles. Sometimes just logging off is not enough. Blinking lights and glowing
screens can make it harder to fall and stay asleep.
Get your phone and tablet out of your room completely. Try charging
your phone or tablet overnight in a separate room. While the battery is restoring,
you can get the sleep you need to recharge your own battery. Having electronics in
another room makes it less likely that you'll use them during and after bedtime.
Make getting enough sleep your way to look and feel good. Getting
sleep is a great way to look and feel refreshed and focused in the morning. To get
the sleep you need, tell your friends you when you will stop answering texts, emails,
or calls. This way, they'll know their beeps or buzzes will have to wait. Try to power
down about an hour before bedtime.
It can be quite a challenge to turn off technology at night. But sticking to a
cut-off curfew for your devices will help you ease into bedtime and give your brain
some needed tech-free downtime. And if you need an excuse, just say your parents are
making you do it.