Tech gadgets are major inhibitors when it comes to setting a restful, bedtime vibe.
“The most disruptive factor I see in tween and teen bedrooms these days is from mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets that are kept turned on all night while recharging, usually place dnext to the bed or even under the pillow,” says Karen Kingston, author of, “Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui,” (Harmory Books, $14.99).
While kids want to stay connected to their friends, “They don’t realize the health impact of such high levels of WiFi and electromagnetic field exposure so close to the body all night, every night, or the busy thoughts this causes, which means they do not get deep levels of rest. I always recommend turning off the WiFi at night and recharging the device in another room, or at least as far away from the bed as possible,” says Kingston.
While such practice is sure to be met with resistance, “Being connected it cool, but not sustainable. Something has to give, and it’s usually health or vitality. Don’t let FOMO run your life. It’s for the weak and insecure, and is just not worth it,” says Kingston.
To lead by example, “Make it a house rule –no WiFi after a certain time, and no devices recharging next to the bed. You can’t ask your kids to change unless you change first,” says the author.