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Do I need an intervention? Too many screens?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 11, 2013 at 4:12 AM

It's 11pm. After 4 hours of PC time at my desk, I'm ready for bed.

I am gathering up:

my kindle paperwhite to help me fall asleep,

my fitbit to record my sleep,

my smart phone to wake me up,

and my ipad for reading headlines when I wake.

Do I need an intervention?

Is this more screen time than the average cave-man?

Mike

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

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on January 12, 2013
at 02:43 AM

Live on the edge, man! ;)

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on January 11, 2013
at 05:31 PM

Oh, I forgot to mention, when I got into bed last night, I turned on my 48" flat screen TV and watch a little cnet video podcasts on my TIVO. That was actually way too much flashing lights so I turned that off after 15 minutes, and did a little low-light kindle reading.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

(3275)

on January 11, 2013
at 05:30 PM

Good points :-)

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

(3275)

on January 11, 2013
at 02:16 PM

That's terrible advice: read my kindle in my bath tub? Really? :-)

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

(3275)

on January 11, 2013
at 12:05 PM

Terrible advice: my kindle in my bath tub? Really?

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(3700)

on January 11, 2013
at 05:43 AM

I think you answered your own question.

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194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on January 11, 2013
at 04:13 AM

Yes. Take a break.

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D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on January 11, 2013
at 06:40 AM

Can you quit the Fitbit and downsize one gadget physically? Just an idea. I use my iPhone for the Sleep Cycle app - wakes me up and tracks my sleep.

I too am a screen time fiend. I'm going to try to break it a bit before bed by doing incompatible behaviors (classic behavior modification, like my dog trainer taught me!). For me, lately that has been taking a long bath and reading in the tub, knitting on the couch, prepping food quietly for the next day while listening to music, and hand washing the things I've procrastinated hand washing (enameled cast iron, my favorite red tights, a wine glass or two).

I'd love to hear how the rest of you peel yourselves away. I never turn my TV on, but I do so love the endless curiosity-satiating nature of the internet.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

(3275)

on January 11, 2013
at 12:05 PM

Terrible advice: my kindle in my bath tub? Really?

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

(3275)

on January 11, 2013
at 02:16 PM

That's terrible advice: read my kindle in my bath tub? Really? :-)

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on January 12, 2013
at 02:43 AM

Live on the edge, man! ;)

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on January 11, 2013
at 02:51 PM

I turn off TV/computer around 10 pm. Get the kids off to bed, get myself ready for bed so that takes me til 10:20 or so. I crawl into bed with my kindle and read for up to an hour. Puts me to sleep within that time. I don't need to record my sleep because I can tell in the morning if I've slept well or not by how rested I feel. I have a clock radio by my bed (I turn the LED away from me when I sleep), so I wake up to the sound of the radio. My aim is to wake up on my own :)

I'd say CaveMan Mike has too many gadgets! Turn off the computer earlier and only take your kindle to bed. A regular alarm clock can wake you up. Look at the news after you've gotten out of bed in the morning :)

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

(3275)

on January 11, 2013
at 05:30 PM

Good points :-)

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