Dr Nerina Ramlakhan On ‘How To Improve Sleep’ When Using Technology


Dr-Nerina-Ramlakhan-freeIn today’s technologically driven and achievement-focused world, we find it so hard to get off the work treadmill and properly switch off and rest at regular intervals.  Technology makes it so too easy to be constantly switched on and logged in.

I’m witnessing this in my clinic and in my corporate workshops as I see not only more stress, sleep problems, chronic and adrenal fatigue and burnout but also loss of drive, creativity, fun and love of work. People are spending too much time stressed, at work and using technology, sacrificing their sleep and checking work emails in the middle of the night and first thing when they wake up. Sleep is not only reduced in time but also quality; sleep is shallow, non-restorative, toxic and laden with refined sugars and stimulants.

Our energy runs roughly on a ninety minute cycle called the Ultradian Cycle – this is the natural ‘hum’ of your energy that runs within as our daily circadian rhythms. It is so important that we acknowledge these natural dips in energy, taking the time to step away from our computers, move, walk and breathe, and not blast through them with injections of adrenalin, caffeine and sugar.

Regular rest throughout the day – pausing every ninety minutes or so – allows the working memory of the brain to empty and reorganise allowing more space for mental engagement and creativity.  It is also vitally important to observe a technology sundown whereby no technology is used an hour before bed and that certain times of the day are protected from using technology, particularly meal times.

By practising these regular breaks from technology, sleep at the end of the day is deeper, purer and less ‘tired but wired’.It is what we do during the day not what we do at night that ensures we get good quality, restorative sleep and in this way technology breaks are beneficial for our sleep, our health and our well-being.