Social media can and is a great way for people to communicate and stay in touch, however there’s a danger that we can get sucked in and, sacrifice times when we should be doing other important things – such as sleep.
We’ve all been there, you’re trying to get some shuteye and you’re disturbed by the bright light of your smartphone, only to check it and find out it’s a notification from a Twitter spam-bot following you.
I was recently reading a Wales Online article about a quarter of schoolchildren waking up at night to use social media, and those that do report being less happy … and I think this would be the case with us ‘businesspeople’ as well.
There are many features of a smartphone that you’re probably unaware of, including some that dumb-down unimportant notifications, allowing you to get some sleep.
As you can imagine, my life pretty much resolves a smartphone, and it can be difficult to switch off.
Luckily, smartphones such as iPhones’ and Android phones do have features built in that allow you turn off unwanted notifications from social, while allowing you to focus on the important ones, such as calls in case of emergencies.
Here are the steps for getting a good night sleep …
- Go to settings on your iPhone and locate the ‘Do Not Disturb’ option.
- When Do Not Disturb is enabled, it will silence calls and alerts.
- You can schedule this feature between certain hours. For example, Do Not Disturb can be set to automatically come on between the hours of 11pm and 6am.
- For calls that may be important, you can either allow calls from selected contacts, or allow calls if a caller calls back within three minutes of the first call, the second call will ring through.
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