Would you want to share your sleep with this particular fellow?
I’m pretty sure once you know that this is a bed bug that your answer would be no!
Yet every day millions of us share our bed with a human-made organism which acts just like that bug, sucking, scratching, and nibbling away at our sleep.
Yes – you guessed right – that particular bedfellow is our phones.
I love my phone, it is an incredibly useful piece of technology which helps keep me connected in so many ways. But it outstayed its welcome in my bedroom as I realised that my regular sleep time had moved from 11 p.m. to midnight or later. The notifications which I failed to mute and the blue light which stirred my sleep made me grumpy and tired.
Trust me – tired and grumpy Sam is not a great combination and so it had to go. My phone was affecting my physical health, my emotional health and my mental health. Now I leave it out of my room. Luckily for everyone in my family and most importantly for me, I am more rested and ready to face a new day with energy.
It takes courage to start a new habit or routine. Take your phone out of your bedroom, leave it in another room. You will notice the benefits to your sleep and your wellbeing very quickly.
Parents who want to modify the relationship that their children have with mobile phones have to change their own behaviour first. When you show courage, your children will follow.
For anyone who has ever had the misfortune to have had an infestation of bedbugs, you know it takes time and perseverance to get rid of them. Getting rid of a bad habit is exactly the same. It will take time and perseverance.
If you wouldn’t want to share your bed with a bed bug why on earth would you want to share your bed with an equally invasive object which destroys your sleep?
So do yourself a favour and debug your bedroom today.