Most of us are back into the daily grind and the enthusiasm for our New Year resolutions is beginning to fade. In this article on the Huffington Post, our resident sleep expert Dr Nerina explains that at this time of year, we need our sleep for the energy to face the demands that lie ahead. But how did you sleep last night?
At the end of last year, research from Direct Line showed that technology is the one thing we can't do without. Last week the Allen Carr Addiction clinics also published disturbing data regarding the technology behaviour of teenagers and claiming that they are even more in 'the grip of technology' and that a generation of 'tech addicts' is being created.
Dr Nerina, recently conducted research at a local secondary school with almost 500 teenagers aged 13-15 years, where smartphone ownership was at a huge 97%. This high percentage of users was showing to be a cause for concern as a number of the students were complaining of sleep problems and feeling exhausted. Of those who complained almost 80% were on their electronic devices at night in bed. Furthermore, bad habits are already being formed; with more than 30% admitted they would feel anxious if separated from their smart phone for a day.
Technology is here to stay and it's only going to get more speedy, seductive and accessible. Dr Nerina suggests that we need to start thinking more deeply about how we create conscious connection rather than mindless, constant connection.
Here are some strategies to try and reconnect:
1. Rituals - no technology at meal times
2. Engagement - If you decide to watch a film with a friend or family, there should only be one screen being used in the room, your TV!
3. Sacred Spaces - areas of the home where technology is banned at least most of the time and especially in the bedroom.
4. Nature - nature provides the perfect grounding antidote to the wiredness created by technology. Spending more time in nature and getting back into the body has even been shown to improve sleep quality.
For more sleep tips, visit Dr.Nerina's Sleep Toolkit.