Are you staring at your phone whole day? Do you always binge-watch on your favorite series every day? If you think that your electronic gadgets consume you, maybe it’s time to remind you of what day is today. National Day of Unplugging is the event that you need to celebrate for today. You only need to do one thing: unplug your gadgets.
What do you need to do on this national day? Just take a break from all the technology. Give yourself a favor and stop using any of your gadgets. Since National Day of Unplugging is only done once a year or every second Friday of March, it won’t hurt. Here are the reasons why you need to stay away from your phone even just for one day.
Not getting enough sleep
Having difficulty when it comes getting a good sleep can be due to watching late-at-night television. When your phone is near you, you might end up checking it every time there’s a notification. The best thing you can do is to simply turn off the notification button or unplug your gadget.
Exposing yourself to too much brightness may change your circadian rhythm. Your sleep cycle or circadian rhythm, according to National Sleep Foundation, “is a 24-hour internal clock that is running in the background of your brain and cycles between sleepiness and alertness at regular intervals.”
Brain knows the difference between daytime and nighttime. And, a research proved this: Experience-independent development of the hamster circadian visual system. As stated in the study, “the pathway in the circadian system that allows synchrony between the brain and day-night rhythms in the environment is probably an innate feature of development.”
Unable to move around
Inactivity can be the reason why you have a high risk in several health issues. It is important that you know how to move around to avoid sitting diseases. Having a sedentary lifestyle can be the reason why you are prone to cardiovascular diseases. As what Martha Grogan, a cardiologist stated: “For people who sit most of the day, their risk of heart attack is about the same as smoking.”
In a study, Total Daily Physical Activity and Longevity in Old Age, “a higher level of total daily physical activity, measured with actigraphy, in nearly 900 older community-dwelling individuals, was associated with a reduced risk of death.” The result of the study lends to support in encouraging in living a more active lifestyle for all older adults. In addition, the study also employs techniques that measure exercise and non-exercise activities for older persons.
Able to get bad posture
Prevent yourself from having a hunchback by being able to unplug your gadgets. The more you stick yourself against the screen, the more it will be possible for you to have a bad posture. Aside from Computer hunch, Scheuermann’s Kyphosis is the scientific term for this health issue. According to University of Maryland Medical Center, “Kyphosis refers to the natural curve of the thoracic spine, which normally has a forward curve of 20 to 40 degrees.”
Stop slouching and straighten your back why you are doing your work. Make sure that you have the time to relax your muscles and to avoid using too much of your gadgets. As what the physical therapist, Peggy W. Brill said, “Headaches and tension in the shoulders and back are often created by chronic bad posture”. It is important that you know how the ways of controlling your posture. Other than it is good for your physical appearance it also helps you to stay healthy and active at work.
Eats up your positivity
No matter how hard you try to boost up your mood, being the person who is always active online can affect your positivity. When you think that everything starts to become toxic, deactivate your account. You can unplug your gadgets if you think that you only need a day to clear your mind. Nobody needs negativity in their life. Do not let it eat up your optimism. Better do something productive for your health today. Not just today but every time you think that you need to unplug yourself from the stress and exhaustion.
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