Leave a Message

Thank you for your message. We will be in touch with you shortly.

Why Checking Your Email in the Evening Can Make It Hard to Get a Good Night's Sleep

Email RISMedia February 4, 2024

Why Checking Your Email in the Evening Can Make It Hard to Get a Good Night's Sleep

If you’re like many people, you have a habit of checking your email shortly before you go to bed. You might respond to a message from your boss, a coworker or a family member, or you might check to see if any pressing issues have to be dealt with. You might think that will help you rest easy, but checking your email at night can actually make it hard to fall asleep and stay asleep.

Checking Your Email in the Evening Can Make You Feel Alert and Stressed
If you open your inbox and discover that there’s some sort of problem, your body will produce the stress hormone cortisol, which can make it difficult to fall asleep. Even if it’s a minor issue that can wait until morning, it will be hard to put it out of your mind when you’re trying to sleep. 

Checking your email while you’re in bed can have a particularly negative impact on your sleep. It can cause you to associate your bed with work and stress and make you struggle not to think about problems at work or things you have to do the following day.

Even if you don’t find any messages that stress you out, the simple act of checking your email at night can interfere with your ability to sleep. The mere thought that you might receive a work-related email can create stress and anxiety.

The device that you use to check your email is another part of the problem. Electronic devices emit blue light that suppresses the production of melatonin, a hormone necessary for sleep. Being exposed to blue light in the evening can make you alert at a time when you’re supposed to be winding down and drifting off to sleep. 

Set a Cut-Off Time for Checking Email
It’s best to avoid checking your email outside of work hours, but your job might require you to do so. If that’s the case, set a firm time when you stop checking email in the evening. It should be at least an hour before you go to bed. Let your colleagues know that you won’t check email after that time, and stick to it.

Follow a Consistent and Relaxing Bedtime Routine
If you currently have trouble falling asleep, create a nighttime routine that will help you relax. It might include reading a book, taking a shower or bath, drinking a cup of tea, doing yoga or meditating. Follow the same routine every night to signal to your body and mind that it’s time to get ready to sleep.

Recent Blog Posts

Stay up to date on the latest real estate trends.


Pros and Cons of Installing an In-Ground Pool

A backyard, in-ground pool can make any day feel like a vacation. It’s the perfect spot to squeeze in some morning laps, cool down mid-week after work and lounge pools… Read more


How to Showcase Your Property When Selling During the Summer

No matter where you live, the summer selling market is hot. Sellers are trying to take advantage of an increased number of buyers, higher asking prices driven by the d… Read more

Vacation Home

Important Vacation Home Criteria to Consider

If you’re ready to invest in a vacation home, there are likely many locations to consider. Finding an area to focus on can be difficult if you don’t have a set locatio… Read more


How to Create a Light, Airy, and Summer-Inspired Space

Summer is both a season and a feeling. It’s a time that feels easier, more relaxed and all-around lightened up. Bringing that summer-inspired feeling into your home ca… Read more


The Simple Guide to Hosting Memorable Outdoor Parties This Season

The arrival of spring and summer months can usher in some of the most memorable time spent with friends and family. There is something magical about taking your celebr… Read more

Protect Home

4 Steps to Protecting Your Property During the Hot Months

All homeowners want to keep their property protected, but protecting your home requires a lot more than just home security, as many homeowners assume. Property protect… Read more


Best Budget-Friendly Ideas to Upgrade Your Outdoor Space

Creating the perfect outdoor space is something you, your family, and your guests will enjoy for years to come. Unfortunately for homeowners on a budget, backyard upgr… Read more

Making Home Safe

How to Make the Kitchen Safe for Your Toddler

Toddlers are active, curious and often unaware of the dangers around them. The kitchen is one area where you need to be particularly careful to keep your child safe. H… Read more


Should You Convert Part of Your House to an Apartment for Your Adult Child?

Moving back home can make life easier for a young adult who is not yet established professionally and financially. Turning part of your house into an apartment can let… Read more

Work With Us