#127: Don’t Take Your Laptop To Bed [Podcast]

If you're always plugged in to the Internet, you might just be unplugging from some of the most important relationships in your life.

Couple working on laptops in bed


Today I'll discuss 5 reasons why you might not want to take your laptop to bed.

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Feature Presentation: Don't Take Your Laptop To Bed

Having a laptop, iPad or iPhone sure makes it easy to stay plugged in – even where we should be unplugged. Here are 5 reasons why taking your gadgets to bed with you might not be such a great idea.

  1. If you're married, taking your laptop to bed with you robs your spouse of your presence and sends the signal that your gadget is more important them.
  2. That softly glowing light actually interferes with your ability to sleep well, even after you turn it off.
  3. The mental stimuli are also damaging  the quality of your sleep.
  4. Communicating with the world and your co-workers during all hours sends the message that you have no boundaries, and they will respond accordingly.
  5. You're teaching your subconscious mind that even your bedroom is not a place of rest.

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Question: Do you take your laptop, or other connected device, to bed with you? Do you think that has a positive or negative effect on your life? Click here to leave your comments.

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  • Ray, I always look forward to learning from you. I did the website theme. I believe Mr. Hyatt shares this theme. I admire how you blend faith with practical marketing. Have a great weekend!

  • I agree with your reasons for not taking a laptop to bed (although I admit I read from the Kindle app on the iPad often). I read in bed at night and my mind gets churning with ideas from the book I am reading. Ray, do you think this has the same impact of stimulation you would get from taking your laptop to bed?

    • Kathleen Thompson

      I’ll speak as a recovering insomniac, much of which comes from too much creative stimulation before bed. YES – if you read something mentally stimulating before bed, whether you read a book, Kindle, or other device, you are signalling your brain to wake up. If you want to read, read something relaxing. You want to give your subconscious mind the signal that it’s time for sleep.

      • Agreed. I have long been a bedtime reader, but have been saving my reading for daylight hours of late. Not the least reason being if I read in bed, I’m usually asleep within 2 pages…

      • Thanks Kathleen. It makes sense. I never let my brain shut off. No more business type books in bed for me.

        • Kathleen Thompson

          Good luck, Jody! It’s not easy to change our habits OR shut off our minds.

  • Kathleen Thompson

    Ray, I will listen to your podcast no matter how long or short it is. You are so good with words that you bring value no matter the length.

    I completely agree about not bringing electronics into your bedroom, including the television. In fact, I go one step further. I do not have an alarm with a lit-up digital read-out. I have a small clock that I have to push to see the light and it’s a yellow color. As a recovering insomniac, I found that following these recommendations have markedly improved both my sleep quantity and quality.

    A resource for your computer: https://justgetflux.com/. This is a free software for PC, Mac, and several different phones. It yellows the light on the screen as the sun goes down. Blue light in the morning, and yellow light in the evening also contributes to better sleep.
    Cheers, Kathleen

    • Kathleen, that is such a neat suggestion (flux) I am trying it out!

  • Hey Ray, I definitely like the streamlined version of the podcast. Simplicity always wins. 🙂

  • Hi Ray.

    As I listened to your podcast, I processed it as if you were speaking to me and the things I should consider about bringing gadgets into the bedroom. I’m in agreement and making adjustments to A/B test what you’ve shared.

    What I didn’t hear and would appreciate you sharing is how to respectfully ask your spouse not to bring gadgets to bed.

    I will add that we’re both task-driven, so breaking away from the work we enjoy is a challenge. But I also recognize the necessity of not robbing your spouse of your presence.

    Thanks in advance.

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