A lot of us are aware that technology can harm our quality of sleep .The effect of screen time has been shown to dramatically affect our mental, physical and relational health.
But have you ever thought about the positive effect technology can have on your sleep? We’re not talking about watching videos on your smart phone all night; but the programs, apps and devices that can help us to develop a healthy sleep pattern.
Many people who struggle to fall asleep in silence rely on a White Noise Machine to lull them to sleep. For people who experience anxiety at night, using a meditation or mindfulness app or music playlist can be extremely helpful; and some even use them with noise-cancelling headphones. Even the humble night-light has soothed kids for decades, reminding them they don’t have to be scared of the dark.
When it comes to sleep disorders, finding the right technology to help and not hinder you (and your relationship) can be difficult. Our friends at DisturbMeNot.com created this infographic detailing how 10 common sleep disorders can be helped through technology.
It’s important to note that we have no partnership with the products or companies referenced below, but we thought that this list could give you some ideas about how to approach your own sleep patterns.
If you are concerned about your quality of sleep, speak to a doctor. They will help you take a holistic approach to your sleep – from recommending specialists, to what technology works and how you can adjust your diet or lifestyle.
Many sleep disorders (and a regular sleepless night) are connected to mental health. Sometimes anxiety, depression or another diagnosis will affect your quality of sleep. And other times, lack of quality sleep will perpetuate them in your own life.
If you think that could be you, don’t be afraid to open up to a counsellor or other professional about what is going on in your life. Everything is connected, and you will be surprised at how your sleep improves when your mental health is being nurtured.
Do you struggle to get a good night’s sleep? Are you anxious, lethargic or plain exhausted? Here’s what you need to do: Contact Colleen on 0434 337 245, Duncan on 0434 331 243 or Rachel on 0422 177 193 for a FREE 10 minute consultation on how we can best help you or book online.
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