Feeling exhausted after a long day of classes and navigating around a huge city like Chicago is exhausting. But what about checking your email? Could that be a new reason behind the overwhelming feelings we get at the end of the day? A new study is suggesting that for a more productive tomorrow, we have to start by turning off our smart phones tonight.
Reading and sending emails late at night makes it harder to sleep and also harder to wake up. However, we are usually on our smart phones on our own free time doing extra work and research and trying to keep up with the grind.
The study was done on nighttime technology habits, sleep duration and quality, and energy in the workplace.
“Prior studies have shown that staying focused and resisting distractions takes a lot of effort, so when smartphone use interferes with sleep, it takes a toll the next day.” (WSJ) As human beings we also have to have some time to give our brains and nerves a rest. I know that personally, my dad is a workaholic and his blackberry is always buzzing because people are expected to be available 24/7. If you aren’t doing the work, someone else is, maybe even in another country. The point being said is that you have to be able to put your health as a priority for your own well being and also utilize your abilities to the highest potential.
The study that was done had results that showed that work related use of a smart phone at night equated with fewer hours of sleep. Those who felt more exhausted in the morning felt less engaged in the day and less sense of control. This study also showed that using any kind of technology before bed will result in less sleep and less engagement the next day. I have turned off my phone, laptop, and tablet an hour or two before bed and noticed completely how better of a sleep I get. There is no question of the correlation there, the hard part is just putting it into action because our technology is a distraction and temptation.
1.Korn, Melissa. Checking Email at Night Makes you Less Productive, Study Says. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved February 7, 2014, from