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3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Check Your Phone Within 1 Hour Of Waking Up

Jari Roomer
Peak Productivity
Published in
6 min readJul 31, 2019

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Nowadays, most of us are glued to our smartphones. And even though they can help us be more productive and improve the quality of our lives — it can also be a major source of distraction and stress.

Smartphones make a good servant, but a bad master.

Despite the amazing benefits, it’s becoming more and more obvious that most people have no control over their smartphone use — negatively impacting their productivity and mental health.

A study from IDC Research made this very clear. About 80% of smartphone users check their mobile devices within 15 minutes of waking up each morning — and that’s a big problem.

Reason #1: Increased Stress And Anxiety

When you wake up and immediately check your phone, you’re being bombarded with new messages, emails, to-dos, and other stimuli that often creates a feeling of stress and anxiety.

Immediately, external stimuli are pulling for your attention, giving you no time and space to start your day calmly.

According to Dr. Nikole Benders-Hadi, “immediately turning to your phone when you wake up can start your day off in a way that is more likely to increase stress and leave you feeling overwhelmed.”

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Jari Roomer
Peak Productivity

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