By Alyssa Angelique Dela Cruz

We spend one-third of our lives sleeping. It is very essential for everyone to have enough sleep to get energy and to accomplish different activities every day. Technology helps and improves our daily lives. When the Covid-19 pandemic occurred, many people stayed and spent their time at home. With that, the use of technology rises especially for classes, company meetings, businesses, and many more.

We depend too much on technology. Many people still use their phones, tablets, computers, etc. even when it’s time to go to bed. However, electronic back-lit devices emit blue light which reduces or decreases the production of melatonin., a hormone that our body or brain releases to control the sleep-wave-cycle. With that, people tend to spend more time using their technologies. The effects of these are activity absorption, increased alertness at night, harmful effects to your eyes, compromised alertness the next morning, and health issues.

To prevent these causes, self-discipline is a must. Here are the ways to improve sleep quality:

Discontinue technology or screen use for at least 30 minutes or 1 hour before going to bed.
Know and set your priorities. Schedule and manage your time not only in using the technology but also your daily activities.
Use a night mode or blue-light-blocking glasses to protect your eyesight.
Put your phone out of reach or use an auditing app that shows the tracker of your phone usage.

With these, you can have enough sleep and be productive the next morning!