Get set to switch off gadgets before bed this September as part of our awareness month, Sleeptember.

That’s right you heard us! We are urging all of you to put down mobile phones, iPads and tablets – even turn off the TV – as part of our annual campaign that highlights the healthy benefits of a good night’s sleep.

Technology has had a huge impact on our sleep quality over the latter few years with plenty of research warning us that over-using these devices can make it hard to wind down at night. Excessive screen time in the run up to bed time stimulates the brain making it harder to switch off. The blue light these devices emits plays havoc with the body’s circadian rhythms by supressing the sleep inducing hormone, melatonin, which is what we need to feel sleepy.

There are also claims that many people are struggling with information overload caused by the blurring of boundaries between work and home. It seems we don’t understand that we don’t have to be ‘available’ 24 hours a day!

That’s why we’re encouraging everyone to take part in our ‘Switch Off’ campaign to help get a better night’s sleep.

For the month of September we want YOU ALL to turn off all gadgets at least an hour before bed and instead, focus on winding down properly. Use the time to relax by having a warm bath, listening to some quiet music, reading a book, meditating, doing some yoga – all help to relax both the mind and body.

Your bedroom should also be free of all gadgets and gizmos and kept for rest and sleep. Don’t worry if you need your phone as your alarm. Just cover the phone if it’s on your bedside table or move it to another part of the bedroom (may help in getting you up in the morning too!)

Also, make sure you create the perfect sleep environment – it should be cool, quiet, clutter-free and with a comfortable supportive bed to sleep on.

If you find yourself permanently attached to your phone, reaching for the iPad to do some late online shopping or checking your work emails one last time, then use Sleeptember to change your habits. It takes around two to three weeks to develop new behaviours.

We’d love to know if you’re getting involved – drop us a tweet or comment on Facebook!

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