Isn’t it scary when you open the newspaper and read all about yourself? It happened to me this morning.
I love technology, not for what it is, but for what it can do for me. My husband and son drone on and on discussing ram, gigabytes, CPU, GPU, terraflops, clock speed ………… and the list goes on. I couldn’t care less. I sit happily, reading my newspapers, following my various online threads, checking my emails and updating my facebook page
and never, ever Internet shopping. And that, according to The Times, is the problem with me and up to 1 in 5 of us. Doctors have identified a growing epidemic of tiredness that we are bringing on ourselves by our over stimulated lifestyles. We are overloading our brains with the constant frenzy that is the Internet and 24/7 life and, as a result, are not switching our brains into a suitable state for proper, deep sleep. The report indicates that most of don’t suffer from too little sleep, we suffer from poor quality sleep because we have not “switched off” our brains.
So – what’s to be done? The solution, it seems, isn’t exactly rocket science and the Corr family are going to make one immediate lifestyle change! We are going to introduce the “electronic sundown” for 60-90 minutes before bed – so no technology, except for TV, before bed to allow the brain to unwind.
I am also going to leave my smartphone downstairs at bed time. Now – I am not guilty of checking my emails through the night, in fact I turn the wifi off so the damn thing doesn’t wake me up, but I do use it as an alarm clock because I worry about my clock radio not working. Hmmm – no smartphone, no confidence in my clock radio – sounds like I need one of those old fashioned wind up clocks. Sounds like an Internet shopping moment………..