April 13, 2024

Changing the Routine to Get Better Sleep

Sleeping by Tony AlterI think I need to change my routine.  I’m reading through the Bible this year on my tablet using Logos software.  I’m somewhere in the middle of Psalms, but I have been reading at night right before bed—sometimes with the lights out.  I think that’s part of the reason that I feel fatigued during the day, and that’s supported by A messy desk, eating late and even playing on your phone: The surprising habits that are making you tired (and the tricks to boost flagging energy levels)


Many of us are guilty of getting into bed then checking our phones until we feel tired. But it turns out that this can be more disruptive for our sleep cycle than we think.

Scrolling through a mobile phone has the tendency to mentally engage users when their brains should be winding down and preparing for rest. Furthermore, the blue light emitted from devices such as smart phones and televisions inhibits the hormone melatonin, which regulates sleep and waking cycles.

These factors make it more difficult to fall asleep in the first place, can lead to feelings of drowsiness the next day and, according to a study by Michigan State University, those that use their smart phones past 9pm will often pay for it the next day by feeling fatigued and restless.

TIP: Set your alarm and turn over your phone after nine o’clock.

I think I’ll try reading in the mornings instead of in the evenings and see if that helps.  That and drinking more water.

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