You hear a lot about the negative effects of the blue light which comes from your phone or tablet screens, so you turn it off and switch to the orange bed time mode. Then you here about the negative effects of the endless scrolling and just having screen time (no matter its colour) on your brain health. So below is a really useful article for those of you like me who love a guided bed time mediation, some Yoga Nidra or guided hypnosis before bed.
When you just want to turn your brain off and sleep, meditation apps are perfect. A guiding voice, or the sounds of something peaceful like rain, helps to fill the silence so your thoughts can’t creep in. The best ones strategically bore you into drowsiness. (You can look for sleep-focused meditation tracks, but I’m guilty of misusing the Headspace intro lessons for this purpose. Hey, it’s a free country.)
But fiddling with your phone in bed is a bad idea. The light hints to your body that it’s daytime, and the minor excitement of playing games or getting mad at tweets keeps your brain humming at precisely the time it should be winding down. But with a few tricks, you can put relaxation on autopilot without holding your phone in your sleep-deprived hands.
There are pitfalls to this approach: one time my earpiece fell out during the night but I forgot to switch it off. I didn’t realize my alarm clock app would then play through the earpiece, so I missed my wake-up time. (Fortunately, the app had a setting to ignore bluetooth devices, so this only happened once.)
You can also put a bluetooth speaker by your bed while your phone charges in another room, or keep the phone itself nearby but out of reach. I keep my phone on a dresser that I can’t reach from my bed, with a short charging cable. Play your meditation on the speaker, and you’re all set.
If you prefer meditation tracks from a music app, try setting a sleep timer. (On iPhone, for example, just select “Stop Playing” instead of a sound effect under “When Timer Ends.”)
ASK A SMART SPEAKER
If you have a device like an Echo or Google Home in your bedroom, ask it to help you meditate. Alexa has skills like Guided Meditation and Meditation Studio, and you can find others by browsing the “Health and Fitness” section. Google has Meditation Sounds and Micro Meditations, among others.
Depending on your device, you may also be able to access your preferred meditation app this way. Calm is only available on Google Assistant, and Headspace is on Google Assistant and Alexa.
GO OLD SCHOOL
It’s not that hard to meditate without a guiding voice at all, once you get used to it. As a bonus, you can use these techniques anywhere, even if you’re camping in the middle of nowhere and need to preserve that last 10 percent of your phone battery. A few meditation-inspired techniques that work:
- Listen to yourself breathing. Count the breaths, if you like.
- Try to recreate a meditation track you’ve enjoyed before, or make up your own.
- Pick one thing, and focus on that thing. A happy image, perhaps or a person you love.
- Do some math, like counting backwards by threes or working out the Fibonacci sequence.
- Open your eyes and think about nothing else besides staying awake. Hey, sometimes reverse psychology works
Original article found here
Happy sleepy time