Can Social Media Usage Really Lead to Sleep Deprivation?

It was reported that about 82% of Americans have at least one social networking profile, with most of them checking them at least once per day. We all know someone who is constantly checking social media during their spare time, which often leads to bedtime disturbance. But does this actually have an effect on our ability to get quality sleep? The short answer is yes! In fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), almost half of all Americans say that they feel sleepy on a regular basis, with many of them using technology like smartphones before going to bed – but the good news is that you have the ability to take control of your habits, not just your ability to get a great deal at one of the most premier San Diego mattress stores.


There are several ways in which you can tame your habits so that you can sleep better at night:

Set up restrictions on your phone, tablet, or other devices

If you feel setting up parental controls on yourself as an adult would help you, then do it! You can turn off access to certain apps at a certain time or after using them for a certain amount of time. This is possible on both iPhone and Android devices.

Turn the device off or schedule it automatically to switch to do not disturb mode

Doctors recommend you wind down from electronics at least 30 minutes before bed. If you need it for your alarm in the morning, moving the device to another location can also make you less prone to hit the “snooze” button. 

Place your phone away from your bed

Put it in a drawer or in another room in your house so you are not tempted to reach for it and check “one more email.”

Pick up a new nightly habit

Experts have shown us that people do not completely eliminate habits, but rather replace them. Consider picking up a book (sorry, no eBooks) talking to someone, or writing in a journal. You might feel that these hobbies are much more fulfilling than witnessing your aunts arguing on Facebook yet again. If only they knew how much more fun it is to sleep on a bed from our San Diego mattress store.

Consider taking a brief break from social networking

The FOMO is real, but consider taking a break from all social networking platforms for around the 3 days (the exception being if you must log into an account for your job during your work hours) and take close notice of how you feel throughout the day. Uninstall all the apps and use an app like BlockSite in case you subconsciously type in “” in the search bar. Remember: the sites are still going to be there when you come back.

The more you use social media at night, the more time it takes to fall asleep, and the more tired and crank you’ll feel in the morning. It’s a vicious cycle that can make your head feel like an extra heavy weight on top of all those other responsibilities – not only are they stressful but if we don’t take our habits then there will be no end in sight to the madness! By avoiding using your phone to scroll through social media and other screen-related activities such as watching television or playing video games on the bargain of a bed you got from one of the finest mattress stores in San Diego, you will be able to enjoy a better night’s sleep.