Brought to you by the Skagit Wellness Advisory Team (SWAT)
You’re not alone if you’re on your phone at bedtime. In fact, 95 percent of Americans use electronics within the hour before bed. So buck the trend. A few days a week, try giving your device a rest so you can rest. Powering down allows your mind to relax – that’s when melatonin kicks in and makes you sleepy.
You can even tell your family, friends and colleagues that at a certain hour and days of the week you may not respond immediately, but you will within a specified amount of time, such as 15 minutes to an hour later.
A good technique to help you achieve a device-free night is to leave your phone on the other side of the room, so you’re not tempted to reach for it from bed. If your mind is racing, jot your thoughts in a notebook. If you need something to help you wind down, thumb through a magazine, read a book or listen to calming music (like new age or classical). You’ll be out like a light in no time.