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Shutting off & Shutting down- Are you sleeping?

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Reflective_Joy
I thought I would address an issue that many of us can relate too - Disconnecting before we sleep.
I have the pleasure of living with teenagers every other week and I noticed their studying and sleeping habits. They are switched on all the time. They end up staying past midnight still studying. Why? Because they were interrupted by a buzz, ping or blaring notification both simultaneously on their lap tops and phones sitting right next to them. One, finally out of exhaustion begged her mother to hide her phone!

Does this sound familiar to all you students out there!?

This has become a way of life for us. Not just for today's youth but adults too. There are studies now showing the direct link of the blue ray light emitting from our smart devices and poor sleep habits. But it's also the constant stimulation right before we are meant to be winding down and going to sleep. This in turn affects are mental health during the day.How? If we don't get enough quality sleep our brains struggle with concentration and emotional regulation in the day. We may feel more irritable and sluggish.

Instead of suggesting ways to wind down before bed, I am curious what YOUR thoughts are about shutting down before bed and if this resonates with you.

-What have you found the most challenging. Your smart devices, gaming or the demands of work/school related projects that tempt or force you to be switched on more than you like?

-Do you take your phone to bed and if so, what do you think a good alternative would be if you didn't?

-What have you found has really helped in minimizing your presence online before bed. Do you have a routine that has improved your ability to sleep better? Perhaps meditating, yoga or a book?

Look forward to all your views!
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Cyberninja
Defo a book for me. I use my phone as an alarm and mute the thing so it just rumbles a bit while I loose myself in a good book, or just daydream/meditate for half hour or so. It is crucial to have a bit of down time for yourself, any time of the day, but most especially when you prepare for sleep.
Mute and chill!!
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Reflective_Joy

In reply to Cyberninja

CuberNinja- " Mute and chill" I LOVE it!
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Reflective_Joy

In reply to *Reflective_Joy*

Sorry I spelled your name wrong. Speed typing! ;-)
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Jules92
I agree totally. Trying to sleep without taking at least an hour off from the buzzing, bleeping and billions of pixels our brains are bombarded with is just unhealthy. Chocolate, soothing music and a hot bubbly bath with some scented candles is my way of getting some quality time with my own thoughts before I hit the sack. It's a bit indulgent, but hey, I'm worth it!! :))
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Reflective_Joy

In reply to Jules92

JULES92- That's not indulgent at all! I really like your idea. You're definitely worth it. :)

Soothing music really helps me as well!
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heidilynnrussell
I actually found a Youtube channel where they have "sleep" tracks. They are two guys out of the UK who will play a soothing "noise" and then speak soothing words to get you to sleep. Some of the tracks last 8 hours!
I call this up on my tablet and put it on the pillow next to my head and usually fall asleep within 3-5 minutes. Not kidding.
Some of the tracks have "white noise," others have ocean waves, babbling brooks. My favorite one is called, "The Cottage in the Snow." They have a sound of a winter storm and crackling fire, and they tell you to close your eyes while you "walk through the woods" to the cottage. Then they walk you through the cottage until you're "sitting by the fire" and relaxing. But what's so funny is that it's only a 20-minute track, and I've never heard the end of it, because I usually fall asleep by the time I've "walked through the cottage door." It's hysterical.
If anyone wants the link to this, let me know. I know we can't post it here, but they are great tracks to get to sleep -- and I also use them to get back to sleep if I wake up around 2-3 a.m. I used to use Twitter to get back to sleep, but this is much better.
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Cyberninja
The 'Cottage in the Snow' story sounds like a good way to put yourself in 'sleep' mode. Sounds like a hypnosis technique. I might try the crackling fire one, I love open fires!
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heidilynnrussell

In reply to Cyberninja

It is awesome, Cyberninja.
And what's really weird is that every night when I play this thing, I never get to the end of it. One day when I was wide awake, out of curiosity, I played it from beginning to end to figure out at which point I was falling asleep. What was so surprising was that I'm apparently falling asleep within the first 7 minutes of this video, because I didn't remember the rest of it! Crazy!

For about 3 to 4 years, I had a TERRIBLE time with insomnia due to stress over a divorce, and my child was much younger then, so there was a lot keeping me up at night. I spent tons of time on Twitter and looking at Youtube videos of a favorite celebrity to get back to sleep, and it was endless.

I finally tried taking a Magnesium supplement, which also makes me sleepy within 30 minutes of taking it ... and then I combine that now with "The Cottage in the Snow." It's like magic. And if I do wake up in in the night with a bad dream now, I just put that video back up on my pillow again, and it puts me out for the rest of the night.

It's great!