5 Ways Technology Threatens Your Health

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5 Ways Technology Threatens Your Health

Being connected 24/7 can strain your eyes, screw up your sleep, and may even cause cancer. Here, how to do a digital detox without dropping off the grid.

Leaving your phone in another room when you turn the lights out helps you avoid the temptation to check—and you avoid the risk of a stray beep or buzz waking you at all hours, Greenfield says. Do invest in an alarm clock that’s not connected to your phone. Ten dollars is a small price for better sleep.

Also aim to limit digital time before you call it a night. The National Sleep Foundation recommends turning off electronics at least an hour before bedtime—especially avoiding anything interactive, including video games, surfing the web, and texting—for better quality sleep.

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