Is your Bedroom a Social Media Free Zone?

Is your Bedroom a Social Media Free Zone? In 2017 Facebook surpassed the 2 Billion monthly active users number – with over 63% of North Americans using the service each month.

So, the chances are, that you use Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, Twitter or some other Social Media service. Or maybe you use all of them!? These services have real quantifiable positive impacts when properly applied to business growth or other similar endeavors such as non-profit fundraising & awareness.

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More controversial, is Social Media’s positive, or negative impact on our personal lives. I like to take a bipartisan approach here. Social media is both good and bad. I probably would be less connected to my friends overseas, in Japan, Europe and Australia – without Social Media. I also keep in touch with people I have met only once or twice – are not close friends due to geography – but are connected to on Social media.

But more and more people are becoming what we could call “Social Media Addicted”. There’s no clinical diagnosis for this “condition”, however, most of us know what it looks like. Have you ever felt ‘anxious’  because you forgot your phone? There’s now a term for that feeling of anxiety when you are ‘sans-phone’ – it’s called Nomophobia. Remarkably, “a study, sampled 2,163 people, found that about 58% of men and 47% of women suffer from the phobia”

Some of the physical and emotional symptoms reported were:

Symptoms

  • anxiety
  • respiratory alterations
  • trembling
  • perspiration
  • agitation
  • disorientation
  • tachycardia

Emotional symptoms

  • depression
  • panic
  • fear
  • dependence
  • rejection
  • low self-esteem
  • loneliness

A recent report by Canadian researchers (go Canada!) found that just ONE HOUR of Social Media use can derail proper sleep.

The report found;

‘Importantly, significant associations were found when social media use exceeded one hour per day, suggesting that even this level of social media may be negatively associated with sleep duration.

‘Although females spent significantly more time using social media than males, the relationship between the use of social media and sleep duration did not differ by sex.

So we know that using social media, even in the day time may affect sleep habits. How about if you’re using your phone in bed at night? Is your Bedroom a Social Media Free Zone?

Researchers think that the blue-white light emitted by mobile phones prevents our brains from releasing melatonin. We need this hormone to sleep properly. Generally the research points to eliminating computer, tablet or mobile phone usage about an hour before bedtime. Here are three lessons learned from what happens when we do just that.

So, you may have an awesome, comfortable Fawcett Mattress. But if you’re using your phone, tablet or too much computer use close to bedtime, then you’re probably shooting yourself in the proverbial foot. We’re guilty here too, so don’t feel bad. Most of us are!

Personally I’m going to resolve to reading before sleep. And yes, from one of those old fashioned paper things. Not the phone. 😉

 

Why Is Sleep Important to Growing Children?

Is sleep important to growing children?Is sleep important to growing children? We recently came across a fantastic article about the effect sleep on children, and their development. The article was featured in the Positive Health Wellness Blog – which focuses on articles about diet and nutrition, recipes, fitness, beauty and aging and more. The highlights are below.

Studies have demonstrated that children who don’t receive the proper amount of sleep have many problems, such as controlling their emotions. Others act out in naughty ways because their brains need the rest. They take risks, and as they get older, they can have problems with depression and anxiety.

Sleep is related to healthy growth.
Proper sleep has been linked to Studies have shown that those who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to be obese. This is the case for both children and adults. One study specifically looked at teenagers, who got one less hour of sleep than average. They were more likely to become obese than their regular sleeping counterparts.

Fighting Infections
During sleep, children produce cytokines, a type of protein. The body needs this to be able to fight off illnesses and infections. The proteins are produced more during illnesses to help promote sleep and encourage anyone to sleep more to fight off the illness. There is a cycle that Mother Nature has created to ensure our bodies fight off infections as much as possible instead of succumbing to them.

How Much Sleep do Children Need?
Newborns will need between 16 and 18 hours of sleep a day. This isn’t going to be in one sitting. Some will sleep through the night for 12 hours without a problem and then need a few one-hour naps throughout the day. Others will have four-hour naps with periods of awake on a regular basis.

As babies reach the three-monthstage, they need around 11-15 hours of sleep daily. Between four months and a year, that time drops to between 9 and 12 hours, and most will sleep through the night and just need a few naps throughout the day.

Toddlers and preschoolers do a lot of running around and growing. They will sleep between 11 and 14 hours a day, usually in one sitting throughout the night. Between the ages of 6 and 13, children need somewhere between 9 and 11 hours of sleep, and usually not with a nap in the day. They may have a nap if they are ill.

So is sleep important to growing children? We’ll say an unequivocal yes! All in all we found this article very interesting. We know sleep is important, but it often seems neglected. We make sure our kids eat properly, that they are safe but sometimes we may overlook the role that sleep plays in their health, well being and long term development! With that, we’re going to take a nap. With our kids.

What mattress to look at? We have our 3.5 year old sleeping on a Fawcett Model 6. He loves it, and so do we. Younger children? How about the Model C(rib)

Children’s Sleep and Stress

As adults, we’re (sometimes acutely) aware that stress can cause a lack of sleep for us. But what about our children? Do they actually lose sleep from worrying about things?

Unfortunately, lack of sleep due to stress isn’t exclusive to adults. 20% of kids aged 8 to 17 say they worry a lot. Anxiety can lead to a lack of sleep and higher levels of cortisol (hard on the body/system over time).

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What can you do?

  • You can help your child manage stress and anxiety by spending calm, family time together.
  • Help your child manage their anxiety VS trying to eliminate it.
  • Don’t avoid things just because they cause anxiety.
  • Express positive, but realistic expectations.
  • Respect their feelings but don’t endorse them.
  • Keep it real. Don’t reinforce their fears or ask leading questions.

How about physical factors?

  • Get your kids outside. Well, at least get them exercising…which usually means getting them outside. It’s been demonstrated moderate to vigorous exercise can help protect your kids.
  • Cut back on the sugar. Sugar stresses the body and brain and causes more damaging cortisol to enter their system.
  • Choose a healthy non-toxic mattress that is comfortable for your kids. They may not complain…but that’s probably because they don’t “know any better” 😉

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