By developing a mobile phone addiction you are ingraining something that will primarily distract you from you work into your daily routine. Research suggests that we check our phones on average, 85 times a day. What's more is when teenagers become addicted they become irritable and anxious when not with their handsets, meaning they can never win until they deal with their phone addiction head on. For more about the teenage brain read this article.
No one is saying you need to grab your expensive tech and hurl it in the sea, rather that it would be a good idea for you to be in control of your phone, instead of your phone being charge of you. There are a number of things you can do to fight back against your phone and take back control of your time. For some help, check out our article about not being a slave to your phone.
Something you definitely shouldn't do is watch TV. Watching TV before going to sleep not only delays what time you go to bed, but it also effects the quality of your sleep, so try switching to a book. Also, if you like drinking tea at night switch to something without caffeine like peppermint or camomile tea and stay off your phone!
If you've got something important happening the next day, then what you think about as you lie in bed could have an impact on your performance and also affect how well you sleep. If you've ever found yourself tossing and turning because of nerves then changing your thoughts to recall past positive experiences can help ease those nerves. Similarly, recalling all the good prep work you've done, thinking about your own performance and not comparing yourself to others can help prevent cluttering your head with negative thoughts. For more advice about what to think about at night, check out this blog.
Using your phone at night impacts the quality and length of your sleep, and sleep plays a big part in cognitive function. If you do read on your phone at night then it's a good idea to turn your brightness down, as the back-light on your phone confuses your brain into thinking that it's day time. For more information about you and your phone at night check out this blog.
Here are a few good places to start: