A few years ago, one of the only ways we'd use
our mobile phones in the bedroom was for a simple alarm call in the
morning. With increasingly popular social media platforms becoming
part of daily life, it seems that they are having a bigger impact
on our sleep than ever before. Are we becoming a nation of social
media addicts? Silentnight surveyed 2000 UK adults to get the
inside information on whether social media really is keeping us
awake at night or not.


It may surprise you to learn that Snapchat is
the platform which leaves users the most sleep deprived. Could this
be the feeling of FOMO inspired by Snapchat's 24 hour snap-story
visibility? Or are we just addicts to the inside look at
celebrities hidden lives, away from the media? Whatever it is, 68%
of the 2000 people surveyed admitted that Snapchat was the most
disruptive to their sleeping pattern.


Another statistic we pulled from the Silentnight
social media sleep survey, was that shockingly, more than half of
Instagram users say they wake up in the night to check the
platform! That's a lot of people losing sleep over their friends
food and animal images.


With so much social media disturbing the
nation's sleep, is it possible to live a life with a better

'tech-life balance'?


Here are a few tips to get your
started:


Don't just restrict night time use


We're all too used to reaching for our phones
more often than we even realise throughout the day. If you could
count the amount of times you simply light up the screen to ensure
you've not missed a notification, we can guarantee it will be more
times than you'd ever have thought of! Try to really pay attention
to the amount of times you check your phone each day and if it's
more than you thought, then your first step is to restrict your day
time use a little at a time. By doing this you'll be in better
habit to step away from your phone at night.


Turn on airplane mode


If you still need to use your phone for the
alarm, then try switching it on to airplane mode before you settle
in to bed. This way, you will be able to hear the alarm go off, but
you won't be disturbed by messages or notifications coming through
unexpectedly! A lot of people swear by this method, so give it a go
for 3 days and see if it makes any improvement to your nightly
routine.


Switch to the classic phone call!


A lot of us use evening time to catch up with
friends and family over messaging apps and social media - but why
not kick it old school and actually have a phone call instead!
You'll find yourselves talking about a great deal more, on a more
personal level, and avoiding staring at the screen for hours on end
in a text conversation. When was the last time you called a loved
one?