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
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
Here are some strategies to try and
1. Rituals - no technology at meal
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
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.