1. How Screens Keep You Wired

    How Screens Keep You Wired

    A quick prediction: tonight, you will get into your PJs, shut off the bedroom light, snuggle beneath the blankets, and pull out your phone just one more time for the day so you can see what your friends have been up to, check up on the news, or just scroll through your feed and laugh at something funny. Eerily accurate (or at least pretty close), right?

    No crystal ball needed! Chances are, if it’s not your phone, it’s a tablet, or a television, or maybe even an e-reader; an overwhelming majority of people today, of all ages, just love to see a screen before sleep. Just like electric lighting and the alarm clock, our entertainment and communication devices provide us with much-needed innovation and increased adaptability, while, at the same time, creating another barrier between us and getting our best sleep.

    Yes, we’re sure you’ve heard it before: screens are no good for sleep. But, we’d like to tell you exact

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  2. Mental Deceleration: Downtime Before Bedtime

    Mental Deceleration: Downtime Before Bedtime

    If you’re like many people, your busy life probably keeps you going until you hit the pillow. And if you are like many people, your head hitting the pillow doesn’t mean your mind stops racing—in fact, often the opposite is true. Somehow the moment you decide to get some rest, you recall that you forgot to make lunches for the kids, and Christmas is coming up fast, and you have got to put new tile down in the kitchen, and you should probably figure out retirement right now before it gets too late…

    If this describes you, you've probably been struggling to figure out how the heck you can get some sleep when you're dealing with all this stress; what’s probably missing from your busy life is a moment of mental deceleration before bed. What is mental deceleration, you might be wondering?

    You can think of it like this: you wouldn’t (or shouldn’t) finish up vig

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