This blog is definitely not what you might be thinking. I actually want to talk about reducing your screen time, specifically the time you spend looking at your cell phone before closing your eyes and getting some zzzzzzz.
You’ve probably read in various studies published across numerous health journals that blue light produced from our cell phones disrupt our sleep cycle. We spend so much time browsing social media in the morning upon waking or at night before going to sleep that our normal circadian rhythm is disrupted. This causes us to miss out on valuable recuperative sleep where all our hard work really pays off. With this much needed rest it become difficult for us to perform at our highest levels day in and day out.
Since opening the doors at Revolt, Kat and I have had to jump into social media with both feet. This has definitely caused our relationship with our phones to change and make us much more deliberate as to when we will use our phones to avoid negative impacts.
Something we have incorporated into our nighttime routine is leaving our phones out of reach for at least one hour before bedtime. Another healthy habit we are incorporating is meditative breathing for about five minutes before we go to sleep. Try this out, lay in your bed close your eyes and pace one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach. Close your eyes and take long slow breaths into your belly. You will know you are successful if only the hand on your stomach rises. This will help you relax just before bedtime as well as help you learn to control your breathing. Breath control is instrumental during tough workouts.
Remember, breathing is fundamental.
No Retreat, No Surrender