3 Tips for A Restful Night’s Sleep in the iPhone Age

Seriously, Stop Using Your New iPhone 6s in Bed

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By Paul Riegler on 22 September 2015
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With the arrival later this week of the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, as well as the forthcoming monster iPad Pro slated to arrive in November, this scenario will likely take place in more bedrooms than ever. It’s 2 a.m. you’re in bed reading Frequent Business Traveler on your larger than ever new phone and suddenly you receive a text from a friend: “I can’t sleep.”

In fact, you’re up too and more awake than during the day. And it’s your phone’s fault because LED screens are the root cause of your awakened state.

Study after study confirms this. One of the latest is a study of Norwegian teenagers that found the more the devices are used, the greater the risk of sleeplessness.

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For those who suffer from FOMO – the fear of missing out – or who simply love the information-overloaded lifestyle, this is a familiar refrain and an inconvenient truth. It’s also in direct opposition to the mantra of the always-connected generation.

Researchers have found other factors as well. The Norwegian researchers raised the possibility that electromagnetic radiation from smartphones might also interfere with a good night’s sleep and our poor posture – which comes from the hunched over position when using a phone – causes musculoskeletal problems that cause pain extending into the daytime hours as well.

Finally, anxiety from what you read in your friend’s Facebook and Twitter posts also contributes to sleeplessness.

For travelers, the issue of sleeplessness is compounded by jetlag. Jetlag is what happens when our circadian rhythms – our internal biological clock – and our environment are no longer coordinated.  Crossing multiple time zones, for example, a ten-hour flight from Chicago to Vienna, may have you arriving at 7:00 a.m. local time, but your body still sees the time as midnight, a time for sleep, not for having breakfast or going to the gym.

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