We all do it, lay down to rest and reach for our smartphones, whether it’s to scroll through social media, check a sports score or Google something that’s been on our minds all day. The question is how does this affect our ability to fall quickly asleep? The short answer is: a lot!

 

Before smartphones (yes that time existed) and we were kids, it felt like our heads could barely hit the pillow before we passed out into a deep sleep. Why was that?

 

  1. We Were More Active

 

There’s no getting around it as kids we walked, ran, swam and cycled daily. We didn’t own touchscreen devices or in the early years the internet. Studies show there is a direct correlation between sleep quality and daily physical activity. Not only does more sleep make you want to exercise the next day, but exercise also helps ensure you have a restful sleep. With busy work and social schedules, it’s hard to find the time to exercise. The daily recommendation is 30 minutes – 5 times a week.

 

  1. Your Bedroom Was an Electronics Free Zone

 

We didn’t have distractions in our bedrooms like TVs, gaming systems or Wi-Fi. Most parents told kids to go read a book and without actually knowing it, reading was preparing our minds for a more restful night’s sleep. A recent study shows that six minutes of reading reduces stress by 68% – clearing the mind and preparing the body for sleep (no reading on your smartphone doesn’t count).

 

  1. We Didn’t Own Connected Touchscreen Devices

It might seem like lying in bed checking your social channels is relaxing, and you view it as your time to unwind from the day but it’s actually doing the opposite to your mind. The blue light omitted by smart devices slows down the production of melatonin the hormone that helps us fall asleep and stay asleep.

 

Making your bedroom a device and electronic free zone might seem like too much of a drastic lifestyle change for most us. However, what’s most important is being aware of how much time you spend on your phone, incorporating exercise into your daily routine and of course selecting a mattress that promotes a restful night’s sleep, which is all part of a healthy lifestyle