Insomnia in Internet users: social networks do not let me sleep

Before closing your eyes and letting yourself be lulled by Morfeo, you take a last look at the Twitter comments from your mobile phone. When you are about to disconnect the device to sleep peacefully, you receive a friend notification on Facebook. Curiosity overcomes your desire to sleep and you discover an old friend from university with whom you quickly catch up. Or not so quickly, because you’ve already been told so much and you’re more alert than at six in the evening. And it is that social networks do not let you sleep.

Insomnia and new technologies

  • We never tire of repeating the importance of the environment that surrounds us to combat insomnia. Keeping televisions, computers and mobile phones away from the bedroom is a fundamental step to sleep well. The difficulty is that we have assimilated these devices into our lives to the point of almost melting into them. We cannot live without television, we cannot live without a computer, much less without a mobile phone. But the truth is that we cannot sleep with them either.
  • Perhaps we are exceeding the use of new technologies. Instead of making productive use of them, which includes benefits for work and leisure time, we have turned them into inseparable companions that end up stealing hours of life and, what is worse, hours of sleep. It’s okay to say goodnight to your Facebook contacts, but do you really have to do it just when you go to sleep?
  • Experts warn of the increase in sleep disorders related to new technologies. And it is the social networks that keep us alert until the wee hours of the morning, attending to some, gossiping to others, venting to others. Social networks have become one of the main enemies of sleep, not only because of the hours we steal from sleep while we use them, but also because they generate some anxiety and prevent us from freeing our minds from worries. If anything, we add a few more.

Social networks to not sleep

  • Common mortals are hooked on social networks, especially Facebook and Twitter, although the degree of addiction and dependency varies. A matter on which rivers of ink have flowed and will continue to flow, analyzing the impact that this activity has on all areas of our lives. It seems clear that what social networks give us on the one hand, they take away from us on the other.
  • Sleep specialists recommend disconnecting from everything an hour before going to sleep. Unplugging isn’t just about work obligations, but also about social “obligations.” Because it seems mandatory to enter a social network to see what is happening. We don’t want to miss anything, no comments, and no photos. When the only thing that should matter to us at certain hours of the night is what is happening to us. It is bedtime and the world may explode, but it will find us rested.

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