If you use your iPhone as your alarm clock, which would put you in company with millions of Americans, that glowing screen is most likely the first and last thing you see every day. According to Qualcomm, nearly 65 percent of people sleep with their mobile phones within reach, and that number rises to around 75 percent with people younger than 45.
And it may just be keeping you from getting a good night’s sleep.
Aside from vibrating whhrrr of an email, phone call or text waking you, people who sleep with their phones are more likely to check email and social media right before bed (stimulating your brain when it should be winding down) or even checking for updates should you wake during the night (making it more difficult to fall back asleep).
According to a 2011 study, 1 in 10 kids say they have been woken up by a text message after they have gone to bed.
How to Fight iPhone-induced Sleep Deprivation
The first thing you should do is to activate Do Not Disturb, available on the iOS6 update, before bed. This will keep your phone from vibrating or lighting up while you’re trying to sleep.
For emergencies, you can create exceptions to allow calls and alerts from Contact Favorites or from Groups you create. You can also choose to allow repeated calls from the same number within three minutes to ring in case someone needs to reach you.
You can manually turn on and off Do Not Disturb, or you can create a schedule where it will automatically activate and deactivate every day.
Your iPhone makes life so much easier, but don’t let it turn your nights into sleepless ordeals. Use the tools available to you on your device to get your best rest.