As we use more and more tech devices that are beeping and lighting up in every possible way, it's easy to forget the effects they have on our sleep. To address this, one school has given out an alarm clock to every student, as part of World Health Day, in a bid to stop using them using their mobiles as an alarm clock and help them get a healthy amount of sleep.
While it may seem like a gimmick, it hightlights the importance in recognising the limits of technology. There's no denying we need our smartphones, it wouldn't be possible to return to a time without them, but do we really need to use them as an alarm clock?
There are numerous studies showing how by not being apart from our phones is causing us to get less sleep - which in turn has numerous knock-on effects to our health. This report from the BBC highlights that children aged 12 and above who get less than nine hours sleep a night are more likely to be overweight or obese. A lack of sleep can also cause behavioural problems as well as a lack of concentration.
I love technology and, like most people, I see the hugely positive effects it can have on improving our quality of life, but we should make equally bold progress in recognising its limitations too. In the digital age, where our every motive is to do things quicker and more conveniently, maybe simplicity can be the better option - such as using a more old-fashioned alarm clock rather than a smartphone, for example.
A school has handed out free alarm clocks to students in an effort to stop mobile phones interrupting their sleep. Heather Hanbury, head teacher at Lady Eleanor Holles in west London, advised parents to ban phones, televisions and computers from their children's bedrooms. "Students often claim they need their phone to wake them up in the morning," Mrs Hanbury told the BBC. But she said mobile phones were distracting them from sleeping. "Young people are regularly online, dealing with social media distracted by the idea of missing out if they're not online," she said. All students at the Hampton school were given an alarm clock at an assembly marking World Mental Health Day.