Sleep is a five-letter word that you develop a push-and-pull relationship with as you age. As a child, you’re forced to go to bed, dragging your favorite tattered blanket across the floor as you and your footed pajamas reluctantly listen to who’s in charge. Your pre-teen and teen years come next, riddled with activities and responsibilities that make sleep look like your nemesis instead of your ally. From demanding extracurriculars to mountains of homework, sleep takes a backseat to the things in your life that bring judgment, bad grades, and empty wallets.
Phones: The Killer of Dreams & Restful Nights
Sleep is a crucial component of your mental and physical health, and yet, too many people do not give it the respect it deserves. You’d never ask your body to complete an obstacle course and then ask it to sleep within seconds of your body crossing the finish line. Yet, this is what you ask of your mind when you slide under your covers and start tapping on your phone.
Did you know that “the blue light emitted by your cell phone screen restrains the production of melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep-wake cycle (aka circadian rhythm)?