The author stopped using her phone before bed and noticed some dramatic changes.
Christine Kopaczewski

Bedtime for me usually means curling up around 10:30 p.m. with my husband and pup, scrolling through Instagram, watching an episode of “Veep” or two, and then futzing around on my phone for hours until I inevitably drop it on my face or floor and go to sleep for good.

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My husband falls asleep at the drop of the hat, mostly because he has to be in work an hour and a half before me. So, while he peacefully slumbers, I hide the light from my phone (like a 10-year-old kid reading “Harry Potter” with a flashlight) and settle in for several episodes of “Golden Girls.” Those gals just get me.

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Sounds great, right? It is, until it’s 2 a.m. and I’m still wide awake, anxious about how tired I’m going to feel tomorrow. Then I wake up just as tired as I anticipated.

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I knew it was time to make a change.

So for one week, I decided to ditch my smartphone before bed. In that week, I found I slept better, my attention span increased, and I woke up readier than ever to take on the morning.

Here are my four biggest takeaways from my week without using my phone before bed.


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