Do you ever feel like it’s impossible to get a good night’s sleep? You start the night with the best of intentions. You get ready for bed at a reasonable hour and lay down to go to sleep. But the sleep just isn’t coming. You try counting sheep and making yourself a glass of warm milk and even grabbing the dullest novel on your bookshelf in hopes of solving your sleeping problems.
But it’s no use. You’re still awake, and you can’t figure out why. You even limited your caffeine intake and skipped the after-dinner wine.
Turns out your problem sleeping could be caused not by what you’re avoiding, but what you’re doing. Specifically, how much time you’re spending on social media. New research suggests sleep problems in adults may be caused by excessive usage of social media. But before you delete your Instagram account, here’s the scoop.
Why Does Social Media Impact Sleep?
There are many reasons social media can keep you from getting a good night of sleep, including:
How to Fix Sleep Problems Caused by Social Media
You’re convinced your problems sleeping stem from social media, but what can you do about it? The obvious answer would be to quit cold turkey, shutting down your accounts and tearing yourself away from them permanently.
But this isn’t realistic for many people. You may have some loved ones who only interact with you through Facebook or work groups that pass messages on the social networking sites.
Instead, try limiting your social media consumption during the day and setting a cutoff point for social media at night. For instance, you might tell yourself you can check Facebook twice at work, during your lunch and coffee breaks, and then stop checking social media two hours before bedtime each night.
If you follow these suggestions, you should be able to slowly wean yourself off social media and start to solve your sleep problems. Your anxiety will lessen and you will undoubtedly find yourself falling asleep more quickly.