It seems like almost everyone has a smartphone and these phones are our everything. They’re a camera, a calendar, a way to communicate, and they are also a very easy to use alarm clock. However, with that said, your smart phone may not be the best choice in terms of waking up in the morning.
1. Have A “Normal” Sleep Schedule
More often than not, when you use your phone as your alarm clock, you’re going to have a harder time falling asleep because the draw of checking status updates, seeing what’s new on YouTube and other social media is too alluring.
By ditching the bright glow of the smart phone and relying solely on a traditional alarm clock, you’ll be able to relax and maintain a normal sleep schedule.
We’ve all had those moments when our phone is nearly dead and we plug it in for the night, only to realize the charger wasn’t plugged in all the way. This leaves your phone to die and there you are without an alarm to wake you up. A traditional alarm clock usually runs on batteries and even if the electricity goes out, you will still be able to wake up on time.
3. Reduces Negative Impacts Of Keeping A Smart Phone Next To The Bed
Sleeping with your cell phone so close to you is screaming for some very bad things to happen. Not only will you not be able to sleep because of the bright blue light, but your phone emits electromagnetic radiation when they are turned on. This means that if you’re someone who sleeps with their phone, you’re exposed to that radiation.
4. Peace Of Mind
Having an alarm set at night gives us some peace of mind when sleeping at night. According to the founder of Sleep Easily, Richard Shane, PhD., there are some people who don’t use an alarm clock will look at their phones when they wake up in the middle of the night. This has the tendency to cause anxiety and make it difficult to sleep.
5. Travel Friendly
When you’re going camping or backpacking, you may want to disconnect from all smart devices. In the process of doing this, you’re not going to be able to use your phone to keep track of the time. A small alarm clock is great for traveling.
6. You Can’t Sleep Through The Alarm
When you use a smart phone as your alarm clock, you could easily sleep through the alarm. It is way too easy to turn the volume down the night before, even if you don’t mean to do so. With a traditional, 1990s alarm clock, there is no way you’ll be able to sleep through the loud ringing of those alarms!
With all these things aside, it seems like using our smartphones before bed can severely hinder our sleep patterns. While you probably aren’t going to ditch your smartphone any time soon, there are some ways that you can ensure you get a better night’s rest, such as:
Of all the things that we need to stay healthy, sleep is one of the things that people tend to not pay much attention to. One of the reasons why many people sleep poorly is because of the use of their smartphones. When you put aside the smart phone and opt for a traditional alarm clock to help you wake up in the morning, you’ll be surprised by how much better you will sleep.
We will admit, it’ll take some getting used to. It isn’t uncommon for people to go through withdrawals when their phone is out of reach – even if you’re asleep. However, with an alarm clock, you’ll be able to stick to a better sleep pattern, rest much better, and even have a bit of peace of mind in knowing your alarm will never fail on you.