6 Reasons Why You Should Stop Checking Social Media Before Bed

by Samantha Lebbos

I love my sleep. I love lying in my bed and pondering about the world we live in. I also love to think about all of the people in my life, which often leads me to Facebook and Twitter creeping.

Before I know it, it’s 2 am and I'm scrolling through my crush's Facebook page and Twitter profile, only to realize that I am losing sleep over this one person. Most importantly, I am finding out things that I really don't want to know.

It’s a weird concept, the whole stalking-the-person-you-have-a-thing-for thing. I'm not sure why we do it; it's as if we believe he or she has posted a status or picture about us or for us -- yeah, right

Sometimes we even creep on the person we are jealous of, want to be, dislike, love, etc. I am unaware of what we think we will find because most of the time, it's bad. 

Fifty percent of our days are now spent checking social media. Are you kidding me? There is so much we can do during the time we spend checking social media, and sleep should consume some of that time.

Here are six reasons why you shouldn’t check social media before bed:

1. You are only hurting yourself

If you like someone and you don’t know if he or she likes you back (which sucks), this is really just breaking your heart. Checking social media is all about comfort. We like to know what everyone is doing instead of feeling disconnected. Maybe we feel relieved when we don’t see anything upsetting on the page we are currently creeping on. Either way, it’s not healthy.

2. It’s pointless

It really is pointless to constantly check your significant other's Facebook or Twitter before bed. It will make life easier if you build trust not based on social media, but rather, on each other.

Because we live in the digital age, the Internet can make or break a relationship, which is very scary. If you’re just stalking the page of the person you like, that’s also pointless.

What are you trying to conclude? That he or she likes or doesn't? You're never going to find out from his or her Facebook page.

3. Your brain will explode

If you don’t lie in bed and over-think, we have a problem.

There’s something about just lying alone that makes you want to think about your family, your hair, friends, what you’re craving, your crush, your nail color, your room and every task you need to get done before the year is over. The last thing you need is to think about someone else who is most likely not losing sleep over you.

4. Sadness, anger and anxiousness

God forbid you see a post about another girl or a subtweet; it will only upset you. Even seeing pictures of him having fun without you makes us sad. Guys, we’re not crazy; we just want you to make the effort.

 5. You will feel self-conscious

Nothing is wrong with you; I am sure of it. Looking at social media and wishing to be “that girl” will just drain your positive thoughts about yourself.

Even if you see a picture of your friends without you in it, it can hurt. The last thing you need is to go to bed with negative thoughts.

6. You will start to worry

I hate worrying, but I worry most of the time. If someone doesn’t reply to a message, then you will think something is wrong.

I can’t thank Mark Zuckerberg enough for adding the “I saw your message but didn’t reply because I don’t have time for you” feature on Facebook messaging. How awkward, especially if you are going to see that person soon (which you will).

Social media is a big part of our lives. I still check social media as soon as I wake up just to see what everyone and their mothers are up to. I have concluded that checking social media before bed is a habit I need to kick because it only makes me lose sleep over trivial matters.

Plus, if we want to see what other people are up to, we need to make the effort to call or text. We all need a good night's rest to start the next day fresh and new, so don’t worry about what others are doing.

Just remember that the hardest part about business is minding your own. Keep your life as stress-free as possible. A stress-free life is a happy life, and we all like to be happy.

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