MEDIA INFLUENCES SLEEP How does being connected to the media effect sleep patterns?
The influence of technology has created a demand forcontinuous connectivity. Whether being plugged in forwork or for leisure, the impact and availability of media outlets can be attributed to a lack of sleep.“Over 75% of the US is connected to the Internet in a mobilemanner” - Bob Al-Greene via Mashable
Sleep Problem ObjectiveWhat prevents the general public from achieving the all important eight hours of sleep? One area thatcan be credited with negatively impacting quality and quantity of sleep is the availability of mediaoutlets. Media consumption is increasing as the availability of new tech products enable ourconnectivity with society at anytime, anywhere. People who watch television and stay up late on acomputer, smartphone or tablet probably have more irregularities in their sleep patterns than thosewho are able to disconnect and maintain a healthy sleep schedule. Media has such an inﬂuence onour lives, and in a growing number of ways its grasp on society is becoming difﬁcult to resist for longenough to get a good nights sleep.
SolutionsNo electronics in the bedroomTurn off all electronicsLeave all of the electronics out of reachTurn off the lightsUse alarm clock instead of phoneMove alarm clock away from bed
Cover electrical outletsRead a book on Feng shuiArrange furniture to create an environment for sleepingGet a comfy office chairRemove all other furniture from bedroomUse a sleeping pillSet deadlines for workingSet rules for charging mobile devicesNo alarm clock
Utilize the “do not disturb” function on the iPhoneNo mobile devices allowed in the houseNot allowed to work at homeSet a reasonable bed timeEat a healthy dinnerNo mobile devices at dinnerPhone only on vibrateNo TV after a certain timeUtilize DVR to record shows
Create a desk space that will optimize productivityDevelop ways to be more comfortableKeep work at desk, not in bedTurn off lights at a certain timeRead a book before bedUtilize productivity measurementsFind the best time to be productiveUpdate social networks at alloted timesKeep food and drinks outside of the sleeping area
Limit caffeine intakeDo not sleep outside of bed/sleeping areaClose all web pages before bedDecrease lighting in the bedroomPower off the computer at nightDo not multitask within time before bedLimit distractions by turning off media distractionsTurn off any noise prior to sleepingPlan for 8 hours every night
Turn down the temperature at nightUse only the proper allocations of pillowsAll parties of the household should have same bed timeIgnore calls, text messages, and emails until morningPlug electric outlets located inside the bedroomPlace chargers only outside of the bedroomStay awake until you become too sleepySell your TVCancel cable or other services
Workout in the morningListen to different music throughout the dayChoose television programs as favorites, not just anythingCreate a calm atmosphere before bed, classical musicSchedule phone calls and correspondence for early eveningDon’t buy an iPad or tabletWatch the 6 o’clock newsAllocate time to play gamesCheck Emails at certain times of the day
Get a smaller bedDesktop computerApplication for mobile devices that turns off unneeded appsTake a shower before bed