Huh? Guess what – heavy technology use (computers, phones, TV) is linked to fatigue, stress, and depression, particularly in young adults. All of our gadgets and screens are affecting our sleep. And, as we know, sleep is truly the gateway to good health.
- Those constantly accessible via cell phones were the most likely to report mental health issues
- Men who use computers intensively were more likely to develop sleeping problems
- Frequently using a computer without breaks further increases the risk of stress, sleeping problems, and depressive symptoms in women
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- Reclaim your bedroom!
- Exercise regularly
- Watch your caffeine and alcohol intake before bedtime
- See a doctor or sleep professional if your problems persist
Think you and your family are immune to techno-stress? Do some self-reflection over the coming week. Most of us started using technology for efficiency and safety reasons…but think about it. When was the last time you went tech-free for the day? Can you put your phone/tablet away and out of sight during meetings, conferences, while driving? Do you feel left out or that you are missing out on something if you leave your phone at home? Do you check your work emails from home just because you can?
If you are blurring the lines between work and home, the stress will eventually catch up. And, think of what you are modeling for your children! Choose to take control. Drive your own bus. Take charge of your technology.
Share your ideas on how to manage techno-stress.