Charging your mobile device on your nightstand is messing with your sleep cycle. No for real, please stop this. I’m begging you…
by Tabitha Sukhai, FOLIO: Top Women in Media honoree, Digital Content Innovator of the Year, and All-Around Cool Lady
Welcome to the future. Your mobile device is now your TV, your radio, your alarm clock, your calculator, your computer, your navigation, your everything.
But, aside from scattering your brain with endless scrolling social media feeds before bed and depressing your brain with too-soon access to bad/fake/stupid news the very moment you wake up — now I need you to really listen up with your eyeballs for this part — the blue light emitted from your cell phone’s screen can
Sleeping with your phone near you is quite literally messing with your body chemistry. And, why? Bc memes? Bc Snapchat? Is it worth it?
“But how will I wake up in the morning?” you ask.
Dude, get an alarm clock. And, either charge your phone in another room or put it on Do Not Disturb when you plug it in (far away from your body) at night.
This small adjustment will change your life if you’re brave enough to try it, and a lot of you need to try it bc according to The National Sleep Foundation (gosh, this is devastating)
71 percent of people sleep either holding their smartphone, having it in bed with them, or having it on their nightstand. (Source)
You can get a basic alarm clock for $10 or less from any local store of things. Or you can shop this list and have one brought to your door.
Simple, loud, obnoxious and straight-to-the-point. Like Auntie Tabitha. $11.95, Amazon.com
Honorable mention, analog with double bell thingies on the top: Try this one in bright orange for $12.99
The mint-green one shown above is battery-operated (1 AA battery), but it’s so cute. VANITY WINS. $14.59, Amazon.com
You guys, these were in every crappy hotel my parents ever made us stay in when we went to Orlando in the 90s. I’m all…nostalgic just seeing these…like the basic Millennial that I am. I’m sorry, I don’t know what’s wrong with me. $10.25, Amazon.com
I haven’t watched Stranger Things yet, but this looks like it could be a prop from that show. $23.40, Amazon.com
This allows you to set three alarms and tells you the humidity and temperature. What else do you need in life? $19.99, Amazon.com
Isn’t this great looking? With temperature in the display. $26.99, Amazon.com
This one projects the time on the wall or ceiling. When you’re just waking up that’s sort of a fun feature bc “remembering what a clock is” or “where it is” and “turning your head” can be hard at 5 AM. $26.99, Amazon.com
This alarm clock mimics a sunrise. Can your iPhone do that? No. Seven “natural” sounds, plus radio options. There’s a charging port on this (and other models featured here but SO HELP ME GOD IF YOU CHARGE YOUR PHONE USING THESE PORTS I WILL TURN THIS CAR AROUND YOUNG LADY). $31.79, Amazon.com
Is this cute enough to get you to leave your phone charging in the kitchen tonight? $29.99, Amazon.com