We should always switch off our phone before going to bed - Says the well read uncle whom you just met in your family get together.
Or you might have heard something similar or watched something similar on on your social media feed.
But no one really puts a perspective of why to it.
Ok let us understand where the dogma comes from.
No1. Radiation threat :
This unclaimed theory states that if you sleep with your smartphone in the range of few feet you would be exposed to irrational amount of radiation from a smart phones which would in turn affect your sleeping pattern.
Although this has been talked about in several videos and articles none of them claim its validity on the scientific basis.
But this does not negate the fact that smartphone, radiations when exposed for longer duration, can trigger conditions like sleep apnea. It also impacts the sleep cycle
No2. Health issue related to phones exposure while sleeping :
There are also information on line that States that there are several other health hazards if we keep our phone near by our bed. Being in sync with radiation they do also offer other forms of rays that my harm our physical and physiological body
No3. Distraction while sleeping :
This is by far the most practical reason given for or not keeping your phone near your bed. Smartphones tends to keep you distracted and restricts your sleeping time. Therefore, people tend to to keep the smartphones away.
But realistically speaking does smartphone really is a health hazard ?
Let's try to understand this perspective
Respect to radiation from any device including smartphones there are scientific evidence that States that the radiation emitted from a smartphone is too minimal to cause any long-term damage to our physical self. But that said anything that is exposed to today's smartphones radiation for 6 to 8 hours will have complications in the longer usage. BR probably considering smartphones placement near our bed as an isolated event. But couple that with the time we spend during the day with smartphone. This could easily take up as much as 70 to 80% of our time with this device. Odd even in some cases close to 100%.
Any exposure at that duration but even at a minimum level can cause.
Now let's look at the second most obvious reason - distraction
With the advent of social media and highly engaging video platform we tend to to spend most of our time consuming content on the smartphone and smart devices. This has led our generation to be in inseparably attached to this piece of technology even when we have no need for them. We can play that this could be termed as an addiction towards the onscreen information available to us. Although this technology was intended to pass on content within the grasp of of every human but smartphones and internet connectivity has made us their slaves.
Thus we can clearly state that sleep and smartphones are no match together.
It's almost evident from statistics across all the social media platforms that we tend to use our smartphones more actively during the wee hours of night. Platforms like Facebook and Instagram tend to have maximum engagement post 10 p.m. and way up till 1 a.m.
With respect to platforms like YouTube ab and Vimeo the maximum watch time comes again during the same period of the night.
Internet, utility-wise as well the maximum bandwidth utilization and subsequent spikes always tend to come post 10 p.m..
All this statistics point clearly to a fact that we have been addicted to the screen time.
This has resulted in severe health implications to this generation. Save your eye trauma to neck pains and back pain can be very much attributed to this habit of smartphone during day and night.
Right from adults to teenagers to kids and even in some cases toddlers. So when compared to radiation and its ill effects conclusive evidence states that it's the addiction of of on screen time that is more dangerous than the latter.
Personally I feel I sleep better if I do not have my smartphone near me e or even within my room. For me the reasons were very simple
Having a smartphone on my bed made me access it even when I get up for a glass of water half way through. This made me spend a few more minutes on the smartphone which eventually disturbs my sleep pattern when I get back to the bed. Even for writing purpose I stopped using smartphones display light for knowing my way around my house once The lights are off during the night.
It also kept me from unwanted messages and calls that I could attend letter in the morning.
One major advantage, although not the right way to do is, I get my phone charged before I go to sleep so when I get up in the morning I have a full 100% charge phone.
Also people will not recommend doing that as over charging a battery could lead to unwanted damage to your phone.
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Without my phone on my bed I usually spend my time just before sleep hits me, thinking about my day and and what I plan to do tomorrow. I also spend time talking to my family and having to understand they are feelings more.
For me it was a win win situation thereby I I would personally recommend not to keep your phone in the the same room while you go to sleep.
I hope this article helps you find perspective towards smartphone utility in your life. I am not saying that smartphones are bad, but this is a piece of technology that was invented for our advantage. We have stopped assuming that and have given ourselves to it. We have surrendered our are human nature to ITS glowing screen is it rewards us by giving validation inform of social engagement online.
This needs to be broken.
As a generation if we do not overcome this we will not be able to live a life as it was destined to.