Sleep is a must for business owners. You need a good night's rest for you to efficiently run your business. But what if one of your business tools is keeping you up late at night? If you use your Android tablet in the evening, this may be the case. Here’s how your tablet can help you get some shut-eye instead.
Don’t use it before bed
It’s been widely recognized that the blue light from screens and mobile devices can disrupt sleep, suppressing your body’s levels of melatonin (the hormone that induces sleep). Because of this and the distractions your tablet brings, it’s best to avoid using it a half hour before bed. However, if this isn’t possible, here are a few tips to prevent your device from causing sleep disruption.
Silence distractions with Google Chrome’s Reader Mode
Reading before bed can be an effective way to induce sleep. However, if you’re using your tablet to browse the Internet, you’re often exposed to ads that are sometimes loud and flashy. Just as you’re nodding off, one of these ads could startle you awake and out of slumber mode. So what can you do?
Google Chrome’s Reader Mode can eliminate unnecessary ads and images, placing an emphasis on the text. To activate Reader Mode, type “chrome://flags” into your navigation bar, scroll down till you find Reader Mode triggering and choose Always from the menu. The next time you launch a page on Chrome, click on the banner that appears at the bottom of the page that reads Make page mobile-friendly. And just like that, your text will be highlighted and ads eliminated.
If you let emails, calls, and text messages wake you up in the middle of the night, then you are obviously not getting enough sleep. Enter the Do Not Disturb setting. This will shut out all of these nightly annoyances so you can unplug from the world and focus on doing something important for yourself — getting a good night’s rest.
To turn on Do Not Disturb, open Settings > Sound and Notification > Do Not Disturb. From here, you can choose which contacts can get through to you while you’re in dreamland.
Dim your device
While Android tablets don’t have a built-in feature to adjust the amount of blue light emitted, there are apps that can help you easily adjust the filter opacity, making your screen less bright. The free app Dimly is one option you can try.
Monitor your sleeping habits
Do you constantly wake up at night for no reason at all? Are you sleeping better or worse on nights when you consume certain food or alcohol? Or do you sleep better on the days you exercise? If you’re unsure of the answers to these questions, there’s an app that can help you. Using a motion sensor and sound recording, Sleep as Android will monitor your sleeping habits to help you discover which nights you sleep best. Then you can try to recreate those conditions to resolve your sleep issues.
No matter your business, sleep is vital to your success. We hope these five tips will help you get the sound sleep you desire. If you’re curious to learn more about how your Android tablet can improve your life and business, give us a call.