Wanted to update you on my sleep (or lack of) progress. I've had so many of you reach out and ask me how I've been doing, it actually caught me off guard. To all of you, thank you. Thank you for reading this blog, for sharing your stories and offering suggestions.
The good news is, I seem to be sleeping longer. My wife tells me I look better, and I don't feel like I'm as short tempered as I was. That said, I'm still working on my sleep habits.
One of those is to make sure I'm off social media at least an hour before bed. I'm not always successful, but I'm trying. It's tough when you're trying to get work done for the next morning, or want to pay bills or I'm texting my wife who's out with the kids. But my doctor says being online before you go to to bed can really disrupt getting a good seven or eight hours of sleep.
Turns out the "blue light" from your tablet, phone or laptop can lower melatonin levels,. That's the hormone which regulates our internal clock. Mess with that, and you mess with your sleep cycle. Guess how many of us are on our iPhones up until the time we go to sleep? Some research suggests 90% of us (guilty as charged).
So now, in addition to my sleep mask, trying to eat earlier (more on that later), and cutting out tea (stimulant) before bed, there's this I have to do. Still, if it's a choice between my iPhone, or getting some good zzzz's and extending my life, I think I can leave my phone unplugged (at least until the morning).