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Here’s why that’s cause for alarm: We’re all a little dumb around smart technology. If you keep your phone an arm’s length from your pillow—like 89 percent of adolescents—it will be the first and last thing you reach for each day. Easy access to social media, instant messaging and newsfeeds can delay sleep, disrupt natural rhythms and keep you bouncing from one diversion to the next. Try putting your phone in another room overnight. Invest in an alarm clock. Notice if distance from your phone leads to better rest. The more you practice, the better you will be able to rise and shine.
Ben Carter et al., “Association Between Portable Screen-Based Media Device Access or Use and Sleep Outcomes: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis,” JAMA Pediatrics 170 (2016): 1202–1208.
“Take Control of Your Phone: Try These Simple Changes to Live More Intentionally with Your Devices Right Now,” Center for Humane Technology, accessed August 18, 2018.