Sleep Science: Why Care about Screentime and Bedtime Routines?

During the pandemic, we are ever increasingly using devices and screen-time. This is really affecting our circadian rhythm and negatively affecting our sleep cycles. It is ever so important to practice mindfulness and be aware of our bedtime. A lot of my students are realizing that our sleep is disrupted, which makes us tired the next day and keep us from performing our best. Here is why you should pay attention to BLUE LIGHT (which comes from screen-time) as well as how well you are sleeping:

Source: Doctor Mike

How to set up/track YOUR bedtime and screen-time to improve sleep:

Apple's Health App has a built-in feature to manage your sleep schedule. Here is a detailed guide on how to set up your bedtime routines and how to track it using your iOS devices. 

If you are an Android user, there is Digital Well-being and the Clock App itself includes options for you to set up your BedTime routine, so you can take control and track your sleep as well as your screen-time. Here is a guide on how to accomplish this on your Android Devices.

Are you getting enough sleep? CDC recommends high school students to get at least 8-10 hours of sleep every night (including naptimes).

How do you make sure you get enough sleep? Here are some basic tips from CDC:

Interested in the science of sleep further? Check out this TEDTalk on Sleeping with Science

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