5 Reasons Why We No Longer Take Our Cell Phones to Bed

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5 reasons we no longer take our cell phones to bed

It’s been a few weeks that our family has been trying this little adventure of no-more-cell-phones-in-the-bed. Let me give you a little background…

I have a love/hate relationship with my smart phone. As a work at home mom, I love it. I run most of my business from my cell phone. I can listen to webinars while pushing my kid in his stroller or message a client while sautéing onions or connect with my teammates on the fly. I also love that Atticus can FaceTime his PaPa in the middle of a long day (yes, we use “PaPa” instead of “Dada”… what can I say, my husband has a massive beard and “PaPa” just fits). And let’s be real, sometimes scrolling through Pinterest or Instagram is just the kind of 2-minute break I need. My phone is like a little magic window reminding me that there is life beyond my four walls. It’s a portal into other dimensions where there’s not smoothie art smeared on my cabinets or two loads of laundry piled on the couch or dirty dishes covering every inch of countertop… A place of world news, clever articles, artistic DIYs (some of which are actually doable!) and other living, breathing people who are interesting, potty-trained, and speak my language. Oh yes, I love my smart phone.

But I also hate it. Sometimes those 2-minute Insta-breaks turn into 20 minutes. Sometimes scrolling through newsfeeds becomes an autopilot type of habit that isn’t even enjoyable any more. Sometimes I catch myself and I think “Why am I doing this?” It’s like my thumb knows to keep swiping, even when there’s nothing worth reading. Too often I lay in bed, scrolling and swiping, and I spot my twice-renewed library books sitting on my dresser and I know I could have read them all by now. And I see my kid snoozing next to me… and I think “I don’t want him to remember me like this.” Continue reading “5 Reasons Why We No Longer Take Our Cell Phones to Bed”