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Take the digital detox! Jurys Inn publishes top tips for “switching off” from technology

submited Tue 21 Oct, 2014

Hotel guests bringing up to four wireless devices on trips away

We’re not just checking our mobile devices at home and at work every day, but we’re also bringing up to four of them with us when we take a trip away, according to Jurys Inn. This need to stay “connected” at all times is addictive and impacts how well we sleep and feel during the day, so the sleep experts in Jurys Inn have put together some advice on how to back away from technology and get some proper kip!

Research has shown that looking at a bright screen such as a smartphone before bed disturbs the body clock and makes it difficult to get the recommended eight hours of shut-eye, which in turn affects our energy and concentration levels the next day. To help crack the habit, suggestions from Jurys Inn include downloading a screen filter app to minimise the disruption to your body clock and deleting or logging out of addicting apps such as Twitter and Facebook so that you are less likely to do a quick check before bed.

If you want to go for more extreme measures, you can consider investing in a “digital detox” app which disables your smartphone for however long you want to switch off for. Not for the faint hearted!

Group Marketing Manager for Jurys Inn Suzanne Cannon said, “We understand just how important it is for our guests to be online wherever they are, that’s why we continue to offer free Wi-Fi in our hotels, however looking at a screen until the wee hours means we get poorer quality sleep, making us grumpier in the morning, more tired in the evening, and less productive throughout the day.”

She added, “About half of our guests are travelling on business, so it is essential to get enough sleep to perform well the next day. We hope that the tips will encourage our guests to break their smartphone habits so that they can feel the benefits of a proper night’s sleep!”

Jurys Inn operates 31 city centre hotels in Ireland, the UK and Prague and prides itself on ensuring their guests get a good night’s sleep. For those who want to stay connected at all times, the hotel group offers free Wi-Fi in all public areas and bedrooms of its hotels and if you book direct at www.jurysinns.com you will get complimentary access to Premium Wi-Fi which is suitable for heavier internet usage such as streaming movies, gaming and large file downloading.

 

Top Tips for “Switching Off”:

  1. Invest in a screen filter app which adjusts its brightness and colour tone in the evenings so as not to upset your body’s natural rhythm. Good options are Screen Filter for Android and Dimmer for iPhone and iPad.
  2. Consider investing in a ‘digital detox’ app, which will irrevocably disable your smartphone for anywhere between 30 minutes and 1 month. Try Pause for iPhone and Digital Detox for Android.
  3. Turn off pop-ups and push notifications to minimize the distractions from your phone
  4. Designate a ‘shut off time’ about an hour before bed, where you turn off all electronics and give your brain time to wind down
  5. Enable your smartphone’s ‘Do not Disturb’ setting, which will silence all calls and alerts until the morning
  6. Avoid using your mobile device as an alarm in the morning, instead go back to basics and invest in an alarm, or better still, get a wakeup call from reception!
  7. Keep all electronic devices in a drawer away from your bed rather than on your bedside locker to make them harder to reach
  8. Delete addicting apps such as Facebook or Twitter from your phone to dissuade you from regularly checking them. If you can’t bring yourself to delete them, then log-out instead – this will reduce the urge to do a quick check
  9. Research indicates that one of the top three reasons for using a smartphone is to check the time. Wear a watch and eliminate the need to check your phone as frequently
  10. Set an alarm on your smartphone or tablets to restrict time spent online and encourage you to take an offline break

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