In today’s technological modern world, whether one is aware of it or not, there is a constant influx of sensory stimulation. Phones are ringing; then TV is on in the background; there is a quiet hum from the computer; the bright overhead lights are shining, and your cellphone is vibrating in your pocket. Someone experiencing a sensory rest deficit may feel energized and happy at the beginning of the day but becomes increasingly more agitated and irritable as the day progresses.
Resist the urge to multitask on various tech gadgets. Many people have 2-3 monitors, a cellphone sitting beside their monitor, fluorescent overhead lighting, and the distraction of coworkers or students all around them. Instead, focus on one task at a time. If you are working on the computer, put the phone away, do not use multiple monitors and instead focus on just one thing at a time. The constant switching never allows us to get into flow with anything, thus increasing brain strain.
Action Step – You will be a high performer if you focus on just one task, activity, or person at one time. When are focus is split, we are physically and mentally unable to commit 100% to all of them, so instead of being more productive, we are unproductive and ineffective. Try setting time aside to respond to text/emails when working on work or schoolwork.
Sensory Hack: use orange, yellow or red lightbulbs in the home after sunset or an hour before bed. This will calm the brain and enhance melatonin production for better sleep.
For Children: Once again, restrict time on their phones/computers. And their bedroom should be pitch black for the optimal recovery in sleep. Night lights are no longer recommended for young children. Shining a light on a person’s leg while they sleep stimulates the secretion of cortisol – a stress hormone!
Written by Kumar Bandyo