Phones And Bedrooms Just Don’t Mix. I Learned That The Hard Way.

This story is part of a 10-piece series for which HuffPost staffers agreed to experiment with improving their health and decreasing their stress on the job. It’s also part of our monthlong “Work Well” initiative focusing on thriving in the workplace.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve slept next to my phone while it charged by my bed. I regularly woke up in the middle of the night for text and Twitter check-ins, while remaining convinced that there was literally no other way to wake up in the morning without an iPhone-provided alarm.

I finally decided it was time to make a change.

So I made a New Year’s resolution to put my device out of reach at night, and to keep a diary of the first week of my challenge. Sure, I didn’t want to miss any notifications, but I also knew that my frequent phone checks were compromising my sleep. Studies show that using your phone right before bed or during the night is linked to anxiety and depression and can make you cranky and less focused at work.

And so, in pursuit of my most rested, happy, productive self, I went to Bed, Bath & Beyond on a rainy Thursday in December to pick up an alarm clock, which I’d need since I wouldn’t have my phone by my side each morning. I’d read recently that the key to a successful New Year’s resolution is to start in December, and here was my chance to correct this bad habit and improve my sleep cycle.

I knew it would feel unnatural at —> Read More