The Benefits of Having a Tech-Free Bedroom
Improved sleep quality, me time, waking up feeling amazing, and a tip to wake up feeling better
We all love the idea of using our cell phones right before sleeping. Even if we don’t, many of us still continue to do it subconsciously.
We train ourselves to become ideal consumers. Chances are you might be reading this article before sleeping.
The idea of one more video, one more content appeals to us. Until we end up going down a rabbit hole of endless content. If you are a night person and have no trouble getting sound sleep, this article might still be for you.
Yes, watching Netflix after a hard day is a rewarding experience.
But becoming too engaged in consuming something that you forget about things you miss, is something to declutter in life.
What I Did Previously
After shutting my laptop at around 11 PM, I always watched Netflix until 2/3 AM. It was fun until I had to forcibly wake up and attend my daily standup at 9 AM.
What went wrong?
- I was not getting enough rest.
- I was waking up forcefully.
I was always tired during the day.
Something had to change. Now that I have identified the problem, I needed a solution to this. The way my work and everyday life was getting impacted, followed by being locked down in coronavirus pandemic.
Waking up forcefully to the sound of an alarm clock isn’t something that anyone should have as a lifestyle. Here’s a survey, which suggests why naturally waking people felt well-rested and were better prepared for the day.
Let me list down the conclusions of the survey:
- Natural risers had high self-confidence and a positive mood
- They were very punctual i.e. least likely to show up late at the office.
- They made healthier choices and more often
- More likely to be motivated and productive employees
What Did I Do Next?
Morning is an important time of day because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.
Starting this section with a quote from Lemony Snicket.
I got myself an alarm clock.
This might sound contradictory to what I said above but that was what I did.
In case the experiment failed, I needed a plan B. I still had to wake up to attend my daily standup. This time the clock was analog.
I set an alarm, which I hoped I never had to wake up to. Having the assurance that something was there to wake me up relieved me of the pressure.
The first few days were stressful as I was used to watching Korean dramas on Netflix.
Let me quote a statement from Marcus Aurelius’ book, Meditations:
“The mind adapts and converts to its own purposes the obstacle to our acting. The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”
I had to find a way to handle my stress. This obstacle was an opportunity to create new bedtime rituals.
I walked on my terrace.
I was in a meditative state of mind.
The silent night, where the cold wind brushed my skin. Taking deep breaths never felt this good. It felt like the whole universe was mine. All alone with nothing but my own thoughts.
I was speaking to myself. No, I am not crazy.
In a world full of distractions, everyone should take some time and sit quietly with themselves.
Nothing but your own thoughts.
For a long time, I was consuming other people’s thoughts through youtube videos, or articles, and more importantly Netflix. I felt like I was drowned in a rabbit hole of someone else’s thoughts without ever taking time for myself.
Who knew me better than myself? And who is it that can set a path ahead for me better than myself?
I realized that my day was filled with other people’s thoughts. From starting my day scrolling Facebook to the lyrics of songs that I listened to. Everything!
There were stressful moments where I would go around killing people like a lunatic in my head only to find myself killing them again the next day. The problem wasn’t with them. It was with the way I perceived reality.
Having some time to both feel the emotions and counter them with happy thoughts made me a positive person.
That’s why people need to have some time, to think their own thoughts.
I read books.
I developed a habit of reading right before sleep.
Here’s an article from sleep.org, which states that too much sleep time right before bed can adversely impact your sleep.
I realized that if you end the day with a positive vibe, then the next morning starts with a positive vibe as well. The same energy gets carried throughout all day.
Books are a great addition to my bedtime routine. They help me fall asleep quicker. This habit is much more productive than watching Netflix.
I woke up feeling amazing the next day.
Having a great bedtime ritual helped me to become a calm, productive person. The quality of my sleep was better and I wake up with tons of energy these days.
Thank you for reading.
Final Note: Having a positive outlook towards everything in life impacts every aspect of your life. Positivity is a mindset, a lifestyle.