Four Reasons to turn on Airplane Mode when sleeping.

It should become an evening ritual, however, often the simple act of enabling Airplane Mode is forgotten when our head hits the pillow. According to Ofcam 8 out of 10 people sleep with their mobile phone on the bedside table. I imagine the traditional alarm clock has plummeted in sales with the host of applications available.

There are four reasons Airplane Mode should be enabled before sleep.

Reason One

Phones emit a radio frequency. After conducting investigations world health organisations have concluded RF signals are "possibly carcinogenic to humans”. 

Life Hacker states "Switching your phone to flight mode disables the RF transmitter. This means that the phone no longer attempts to establish a network connection which reduces the amount of radiation it emits".

Reason Two

Enabling Airplane Mode disables contact with the world. In result Messages, Mail and Phone Calls are temporarily terminated. Disconnection will improve rest and promote sleep hygiene according to the Australian Sleep Health Foundation.

The disadvantage of turning on Airplane Mode is wearable technology and 'sleep improvement applications' will be unable to track sleeping performance will not obtain data. It should be noted, however, 'there is a distinct lack of evidence-based research examining the efficacy of sleep-related apps'.

Reason Three

Access to technology can be a distraction. Having a device connected to the web within arms reach increases possible distractions. We need to 'Teach your body to associate your bed with sleep, not stimulating activities, by making your bedroom your sanctuary'. Lighting up the screen to find the answer to a question or thought will stimulate the retina senses and transmit messages to the brain.

Melatonin is a hormone causing sleepiness and it is inhibited with artificial light. Cortisol is released when viewing the screens of mobile devises and this causes people to remain awake longer. Using connected technology during sleep can result in headaches, dizziness and insomnia.

Reason Four

Notifications remain active when you sleep. Throughout the night various alerts may sound and despite turning the device to silent the device may vibrate and the screen illuminate. These motions can disturb sleep patterns and interupt rest. It is advised that settings are changed to 'Do Not Disturb'.

Notifications can be switched off and settings adjusted to ensure sleep is not distributed. Partitioning rest hours is important and in this manner boundaries are established to promote personal health and well being.

Engaging Airplane Mode is a swift and easy action. Airplane Mode access within iOS Control Centre has been influential in the establishment of sleeping rituals. Similarly Android have toggles that are easy to locate to improve sleep hygiene and bedtime rituals. Power Control allows modifications to be made to safe guard against interruptions.

In the same way we board a plane to escape the world and arrive at the holiday destination for required rest and relaxation, enable Airplane Mode to ensure you receive quality rest and sleep.



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