Does this sound familiar? You’re lying in bed, ostensibly ready for dreamland. But first, you grab your smartphone and set the requisite six alarms (all of them blaring the Star Wars theme). But while you’ve got your phone out, you might as well text your buddy back like you meant to. Plus, now is the perfect time to plow through those 11 games of Gems With Friends that have been on hold. Oh, and there was that sloth video you never got around to watching on YouTube. Then, maybe it’s time for bed. But you should probably throw something on Netflix to help you pass out.
It’s a perfectly normal routine. In fact, 95% of people say they regularly browse the web, text or watch TV in the hour before bed. But all that facetime with a phone, tablet, laptop or TV does more than distract — it can make it harder to go to sleep when you finally close your eyes. That can lead to sleep loss that affects your mental and physical well-being.