Better Quality Sleep? Get Some Centralized Home Charging Stations

A neat charging station made from a file box from a MakeZine activity.

A neat charging station made from a file box from a MakeZine activity.

With so many different electronic devices in our lives, it’s easy to get distracted and use them for extended periods and inappropriate times. Concerns about overuse abound, but one of the most significant issues is the way that digital devices keep people, young children, and especially 21st Century preadolescents and teens from getting enough good quality sleep.

To improve sleep habits in your house, consider purchasing or one or two digital gadget charging stations where family members can charge phones and other devices. Locate the charging stations away from the bedrooms.

A Google search for device charging stations gets you started (Amazon sells quite a few), or you can begin with this Mashable post, 10 Chic Charging Stations.

I recently discovered, in a small way, just how a cell phone screen can disrupt sleep. I received a new Solitaire game app, and began playing two or three games on my iPhone just before bed several nights in a row. A few games grew into 20 or 30 minutes of play, and for three nights in a row, when I put down the phone, it took me a long time to settle down and get to sleep. The fourth night I did not play, and sleep came easily. Lesson learned.  

Charging station from Pottery Barn

Charging station from Pottery Barn

One of my favorite charging stations is the red box at the top left of this post, a nifty craft project made from a filing box.

Twenty-first century parenting demands are unending and sometimes difficult to address, but introducing charging stations into a home is a simple and elegant solution that can  help lessen sleep deprivation issues for everyone in the family.

A Few Resources to Read on Sleep Deprivation and Device Screens                         

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