- Most nights before I fall asleep, I scroll through Instagram
and watch TV on my phone.
- That routine became a recipe for stress and anxiety — so for
one week, I stopped using my phone completely before I went to
- I noticed some dramatic changes in that short time, from an
increased attention span to more relaxing sleep.
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Bedtime for me usually means curling up around 10:30 p.m. with
my husband and pup, scrolling through Instagram, watching an
episode of “Veep” or two, and then futzing around on my phone for
hours until I inevitably drop it on my face or floor and go to
sleep for good.
My husband falls asleep at the drop of the hat, mostly because
he has to be in work an hour and a half before me. So, while he
peacefully slumbers, I hide the light from my phone (like a
10-year-old kid reading “Harry Potter” with a flashlight) and
settle in for several episodes of “Golden Girls.” Those gals just
Sounds great, right? It is, until it’s 2 a.m. and I’m still
wide awake, anxious about how tired I’m going to feel tomorrow.
Then I wake up just as tired as I anticipated.
I knew it was time to make a change.
So for one week, I decided to ditch my smartphone before bed. In
that week, I found I slept better, my attention span increased, and
I woke up readier than ever to take on the morning.
Here are my four biggest takeaways from my week without using my
phone before bed.
I’ve never slept better
Everybody knows that it’s
scientifically proven screen time can mess with your sleep.
Yet we all ignore that advice anyway.
I too assumed it was simply the crusade of parents trying to
keep their kids from playing games into the wee hours of the
morning. But I’ll tell you what — my first phone-free night was
I hit the hay and didn’t move an inch until my alarm went off
at 7 a.m. The last time I slept this well I was probably in
As the week progressed, so did my sleeping habits. I naturally
rose earlier, giving myself time to walk the dog, actually do what
I intended to do with my hair and eat breakfast sitting at my table
rather than on the go. Is this adulting?
My attention span improved
I couldn’t cut screen time back completely. My husband and I
still caught up with our favorite shows before bed.
But I discovered just how distracting my phone was to my TV
watching when I went without it. I realized how many smaller
plotlines I had missed entirely, most likely due to my divided
social media and TV watching attention.
The stress and frustration vanished from my morning routine
Instead of accidentally clicking on a work email that came
through at 9 p.m. sending me into a stress spiral, I let my day
I didn’t replay frustrating moments or let my doubts and fears
of the next day creep into my nighttime routine. I also didn’t
wake up and immediately reach for my iPhone either. I left it
tucked into the bedside table where I’d left it the night
The result? I got ready more efficiently, I didn’t let workday
stress or my jam-packed schedule psych me out before I even stepped
out the door. And if I’m being honest, I didn’t read any
depressing news about the state of the world today. I blissfully
went about the start of my day, feeling well rested, content and
ready to tackle my workload.
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I stopped using my phone before bed — and immediately noticed 4 huge changes to my well-being