DITCH THE DE­VICES

Australian House & Garden - - ADVICE -

Sleep ex­perts are unan­i­mous: there is no place for any dig­i­tal de­vice in the bed­room. It’s thought that the body’s 24-hour cir­ca­dian clock is sen­si­tive to the blue light emit­ted by elec­tronic de­vices such as phones, tablets, lap­tops and e-read­ers, says Dr Moira Junge of the Sleep Health Foun­da­tion. “Al­ways avoid us­ing your phone as an alarm clock and if you do have to, en­sure you place it as far away from your bed as you can, and prefer­ably out of the room so you’re not in­ter­rupted by it or tempted to look at it.”

This ad­vice is par­tic­u­larly per­ti­nent for teenagers, says Dr Junge, who points to an April 2018 study by VicHealth that found the av­er­age teenager only gets be­tween 6.5 and 7.5 hours of sleep per night, well un­der the rec­om­mended 8-10 hours. It found that teens who put down their smart­phones an hour be­fore bed gained an ex­tra 21 min­utes sleep per night and an hour and 45 min­utes over the school week.

“We know that the in­creas­ing time teens spend on screen-based de­vices is mak­ing it re­ally tough for many to get to sleep,” says Jer­ril Rechter, CEO of VicHealth. “There’s no deny­ing that de­vices are a part of our life, but our re­search found a sim­ple step like put­ting away your phone an hour be­fore bed can lead to more sleep and a bet­ter qual­ity of sleep.”

CLOCK­WISE FROM ABOVE LEFT Simba mat­tresses com­bine pocket springs and mem­ory foam; sim­basleep.com.au. Sh­leep’s all-nat­u­ral bed­ding is made from merino wool; shleep­well.com. As well as mat­tresses and bed­ding, Bedgear of­fers pil­lows con­fig­ured to suit dif­fer­ent sleep­ing po­si­tions and body sizes; bedgear.com.

OP­PO­SITE AH Beard’s mat­tresses can be com­ple­mented by the firm’s dig­i­tal sleep-track­ing de­vices; ah­beard.com.au.

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