5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Use Your Phone in the Morning
A terrible habit that I’m learning to “unlearn” too
I’m guilty for reaching for my phone in the morning. In fact, I used to do it every day when I was in college because I didn’t have a lot of “me time.” So, whenever I wasn’t sleeping or doing college related stuff, I typically take that time to play on my phone.
During the pandemic, I started to play on my phone a little bit too much and one morning I decided to step away from it. I forced myself to do something else besides staring at a screen for hours. It was a hard habit to break but I’m doing better as the days go by.
So, I felt inspired to share 5 reasons why you shouldn’t reach for your phone in the morning. I also found some fascinating research that can help me (and hopefully you) rethink your morning routine.
1. Enjoy The Silence
Do you ever notice how silent it is around 5am to 9am? Maybe it depends on your neighborhood or the area you live in but something about the silence gets me all the time.
I feel like it’s a great time to just breathe and take in all of the quietness in the area. We’re so busy living our day-to-day life that sometimes we forget that it’s a privilege to wake up in peace and quiet.
2. It’s Not Good For Your Eyes
According to Healthline, too much blue light from your phone can actually cause long term issues for your eyes. Blue light is actually one of the leading causes of vision loss in the United States.
Although this study focused on phone usage after sunset, it’s still good to keep in mind that natural sunlight has blue light too. So, the less time you use your phone and the more you practice good habits, the better your eyes will be in the future.
Here are some pro tips to improve your vision as you age through time: According to UCI Health, they recommend to wear sunglasses and to look away from your screen every 20 minutes for 20 seconds. They also share more tips in the article so I encourage you to check it out!
3. It Helps Establish Healthy Boundaries
There’s a lot of workaholics out there who are on their phone(s), computer, and social media 24/7. I respect the hustle but it’s good to set healthy boundaries when you’re at home with your family, friends, and loved ones.
Most importantly, you should establish healthy boundaries for yourself. By setting healthy boundaries, you’re able to put more time out for other things in your life. That’s how you maintain a balanced lifestyle.
For example, instead of answering your emails the second you wake up, maybe take a 30-minute walk with your family. You can also take your time in the morning and establish a healthy morning routine.
Better yet, you can use that extra hour to just sleep in for the day because don’t we all deserve extra sleep after a long week of work?
4. Your Body Needs To Wake Up
Do you ever feel light headed, groggy, and/or your body feels a little sore in the morning? According to Healthline, this common experience may have something to do with “Sleep Inertia.” Assuming you have a “normal” case of sleep inertia, it typically lasts 15–30 minutes but it can take around 2 hours for your body to fully “recover.”
On the other hand, a 2019 analysis on sleep inertia claimed that it disappears after (about) 30 minutes. So, I guess it depends on how severe your case is and how long you’ve slept that night.
Even though your phone may or may not have anything to do with sleep inertia, I think it’s a good idea to get your body and brain running before you use your phone.
5. You Live In The Moment
This year has taught me a lot about being present and living in the moment. I feel like without details you all can agree that 2020 was one life changing year.
So, I guess this is a friendly reminder that the beauty of our world is not from our phones but it is right in front of us.
As Buddha once said:
“The past is already gone, the future is not yet here. There’s only one moment for you to live, and that is the present moment.”