Lights (and screens) OFF… for Productivity! #atozchallenge

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It should come as no surprise that getting enough rest is directly linked with your ability to be productive. But did you know that light in your bedroom and using screens before bedtime have a detrimental effect on your sleep? It’s true!

You Should Sleep in the Dark

According to the National Sleep Foundation: “A key factor in regulating sleep and your biological clocks is exposure to light or to darkness so falling asleep with lights on may not be the best thing for a good night’s sleep. Exposure to light stimulates a nerve pathway from the eye to parts of the brain that control hormones, body temperature and other functions that play a role in making us feel sleepy or wide-awake.”

This includes peeking at phones when you wake in the wee hours and light that seeps in through your closed eyelids!

Turn Off Screens an Hour Before Bed

There have been many reports about the impact screen time has on kids and how we need to limit how much time we spend on screens. But there is also science behind the timing of screen use. It seems you’re better off not using screens before going to bed.

Turns out using screens when you’re about to go to bed is *really* bad for your brain. Dr. Dan Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, explains why.

When you think about it, it makes sense. But if you are mindful and give yourself a screen curfew *and* a bedtime… you might sleep better and experience increased productivity.

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