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How could digital minimalism help with sleep?

How could digital minimalism help with sleep?

Digital devices are artificial light sources. Light exposure is related to how well we sleep. Interestingly, the way that we interact with light during the day might help with us sleep well at night


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More bright light during the day might protect sleep at night.

More bright light during the day might protect sleep at night.

  • Research has shown that people who spend time near office windows during the week day sleep better than people without office windows.
  • Interestingly, some research suggests that bright light exposure during the daytime might counteract sleep disturbance from light exposure during the night.
  • Light exposure during the night time is often coupled with light-emitting devices like tablets and smart phones. Information on those devices could be stressful or engaging, which may lead to sleep disruptions. 


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Social media use can disturb sleep in several ways.

Social media use can disturb sleep in several ways.

  • Social media platforms have endless streams of information that are designed to keep our attention and thereby keep us awake. 
  • Social media use could also lead to pre-sleep arousal, or lingering thoughts about content. 


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How could we replace a social media habit to get better sleep?

How could we replace a social media habit to get better sleep?

  • Shield your sleep interval from digital invasions. Limit time on social media platforms, especially before bed. 
  • Instead of engaging in low quality activities on digital platforms, prioritize time with friends and family.
  • Shift your focus to analog activities near bedtime. For example, you could draw, write, or meditate in the evening hours. 


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These ideas are based on Cal Newport’s book on Digital Minimalism. Has digital minimalism changed the way that you interact with technology? Have you noticed any changes in your sleep?


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