The Small Change That’s Made a Big Difference

I’ve always been a pretty good sleeper, but I have found that since having a baby, it’s been hard to ‘turn it off’ when the evening rolls around and it’s time to crawl into bed. I find myself awake in the late night hours thinking of my to do list (and how there are always more items being added than being crossed off!). And more often than not, I find myself scrolling through Instagram or blog feed.

Studies show — and I know it definitely to be true — that screen time before bed makes it difficult to sleep. I don’t know how it happened, but somehow I got into the habit of spending a lot of time on my phone before bed. It’s so easy to get sucked in and with today’s news and so much ‘noise’ it’s easy to feel anxious or stressed out.

After a few weeks of not sleeping great, I decided that I need to make a change. I started leaving my phone in the living room where it can charge overnight and I can sleep uninterrupted — and without the temptation of picking it up. It’s only been a few nights but I find that the habit of constantly picking up my phone is slowly breaking or at the very least I’m more conscious of my phone use. Don’t get me wrong: I love social media and all the ways we can connect, but with everything in life, I want to be more intentional with my time and energy… especially when it comes to making sure I’m getting enough sleep.

I’m a big believer in making small changes. They really do add up and can make a big difference! After all, we strengthen what we practice, and these days I’m all about strengthening feelings of ease and decompression.

Have you made any small changes lately? I always love to hear what other people are doing that’s helped to make a difference in their daily life.

  • Veena

    I always sleep best on the nights I put my phone aside and read for half an hour before sleeping. I keep telling myself I need to purchase an actual alarm clock so I don’t need to keep my phone next to me, but I have not gotten around to it yet; my compromise is to turn off all the sounds and vibrations when I sleep so that notifications won’t disturb me. When I lived abroad and in a wildly different time zone than my family and most of my friends, I would often put my phone in airplane mode when I slept so that I wouldn’t hear the notifications. Typing all of this makes me realize it’s time to bite the bullet and get that alarm clock, so let’s see if I can convince myself to make a Target run this weekend :)

    • Yes! Making it easy definitely helps. I find that I sleep so much better without the constant buzzing!