There’s no escaping Wi-Fi these days. You use it to connect your computer and phone to the internet so you can work, shop, and scroll social media. You may wear a Wi-Fi-powered sleep tracker or watch that allows you to log your steps and check your email.
Excessive WiFi exposure (especially after sunset) is known to be associated with sleep deprivation, fatigue and learning / memory challenges. This is related to the fact that WiFi devices and blue light use at night suppresses your natural melatonin production and increased norepinephrine secretion.
If we are not getting deep restful sleep at night, it will be harder to wake up feeling refreshed. Getting through the day may be a challenge.
Poor Sleep leads to:
- Increased Sugar / Carb Cravings
- Heightened Stress, Anxiety or Depression
- Inability to Focus / Concentration
- Poor Productivity & Increased Errors
- Weight Gain & Increased Illnesses
All of these challenges can affect your day to day life and ability to get things done at work.
If you’re concerned about Wi-Fi and how it may be affecting your sleep here’s a few simple tips you can start to implement.
- To start, set up your Wi-Fi router in a location away from where you and your family spend the most time.
- Then, when you go to bed, simply turn off the Wi-Fi router and your wireless devices (or set to airplane mode at the very least).
More and more people today are suffering from sleep challenges that are leading to other issues. By simply improving your quality of sleep, you can improve the quality of your life.
You are not stuck and you don’t need to suffer. Poor sleep isn’t the result of aging nor something that is ‘normal’. Take the first step today and start doing small things to improve your sleep.