More and more people are checking their phones before dropping them off. It may sound like a problem to younger people, but they are not alone. Around 75 percent of device owners of all age groups admit this, and almost half say they visit social media platforms at least once a day. According to researchers like Dr. Cory Harow, taking a break from social media can affect sleeping habits and the overall quality of bagging time. Unfortunately, increasing reliance on technology has made it difficult to give up completely. A 2018 survey by the self-care platform Happy Not Perfect found that three out of four users said they checked social media within half an hour of going to bed, and eighteen percent checked in while they were in bed.
The question is – are sleep patterns affected, but tapping and scrolling in bed? People with social media addiction say they can’t stay away from the devices. “It takes all my willpower to get through a night without looking at Twitter or Instagram,” said Abigail, a user. Dr. Cory Harow, a sleep expert who specializes in treating sleep disorders, says it’s about habits. What he discovered in his research is that modern society is not happy unless it is constantly exposed to something. Oversaturated with social media, most people feel exhausted in the morning after a night of scrolling. This may be true, but not all users are equally affected. If someone is on Facebook or Instagram all the time, they are likely having a problem with the addiction. Staying away from social media may not be an option for everyone, and at least one study suggests that there are several different ways to read social media before bed to influence sleep.
Last year, Stanford University researchers asked individuals to complete an online survey before going to bed. Participants answered questions about how much time they had spent on their social media accounts and what their general mood was like before bed. Based on the participants’ responses, the researchers gathered information about their sleeping habits and tried to compare it with information about their Facebook usage. They found that those who reported spending less time on social media than their peers also reported fewer sleep disorders and better overall sleep quality. In terms of sleep quality, these subjects fell asleep faster and had more deep sleep, a type of restful sleep that is critical to health and wellbeing. The research team also surveyed users after they put their phones down for an hour to see if they could return to their normal social media use and also reported fewer hours of sleep quality.
It is recommended that the average adult get between five and seven hours of good sleep each night. Signs that social media affects the amount and quality of sleep include walking too early, too often, and failing to wake up rested in the morning.
Disconnecting the device from the device at least an hour before going to bed and keeping the device’s blue light away from the bedroom can help prevent sleep problems related to social media use. If you make it a habit, the sleep deprived social media user can be brought back into a more balanced and rested state.