Falling asleep while on your cell phone is a bad idea, but you probably already knew that. The National Sleep Foundation says "the use of electronic devices in the bedroom further disrupts the natural pattern of the sleep-wake cycle," mainly because of the blue light emitted by our devices. Even though it's awful for your sleep health, giving up your nightly phone routine is hard — I tried to create a phone-free bedroom and failed miserably. So what do you do if you can't put your phone away? If you insist on using your phone at nighttime or sleeping near your phone, you can try to use your phone to help you fall asleep and still wake up feeling rested.
It's important to note that pretty much all of the scientific data available recommends putting your phone in a different room to maximize your sleep health, so using your phone to fall asleep shouldn't be your first option. But if you can't help it, there are apps that can make your night more restful.
“To prepare for sleep, we need to transition from the hustle and bustle of the day to the calm of the evening,” Michael Acton Smith, co-founder of Calm, the meditation and sleep app, tells Bustle. “We need to create a transition time, so that rather than stimulating our minds with emails, messages or social media, we instead allow them to unwind. We seldom do this. It’s no wonder that so many of us struggle to calm our racing minds and nod off naturally to sleep.” Bustle talked to Smith and other technology experts about ways to stay healthy, even if you insist on using your cell phone at night.