47 – digital habits + disturbing dreams

Jillian DuBoisMoments of ImpartED Joy Podcast

Social media has become a prevalent part of our lives, and for many of us, it’s hard to imagine a day without scrolling through Instagram, TikTok, or Twitter. But have you ever considered how social media might be affecting your sleep?

For the past few months, I have been disturbed, like REALLY DISTURBED, by crazy + vivid dreams. I often wake from them and have trouble falling back to sleep – usually in fear that the certifiably insane dreams would continue. There is growing evidence that social media use before bedtime can disrupt our sleeping patterns. 

Research has shown that the blue light emitted by our electronic devices can suppress the production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates our sleep-wake cycle. 

As a result, using social media before bed can make it harder for us to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night. That’s part of it.

But I believe there is more to the story.

The material we consume on social media can influence the content of our dreams, and if we're constantly exposed to negative, hostile, or stressful content, it can seep into our subconscious and affect the quality of our sleep patterns. Click To Tweet