I did a Facebook poll asking friends whether they turn their phone on ring, vibrate or silent when they go to sleep.
Of the 14 respondents
Silent - 7 (2 people said DND which I grouped as silent)
Ring - 6
Vibrate - 1
The reason I did this poll is because I send emails and notes at all times of the day and night. Generally, I send messages when I am free which has nothing to do with appropriate hours to reach someone. In today's society when people receive all notifications on their phone, it occurred to me that I could be being rude by sending messages at any time. I sent an Evite out at 8:30 a.m. ET on a Saturday, so people who were on the west coast might have been cursing my name.
In case you were wondering I put my phone on silent when I go to sleep. Social media is in my job description. There isn't an hour of the waking day that I'm not online and completely available and reachable. When I'm sleep, I need to be able to go off the grid. It's my only truly free time.
Almost everyone who said they keep their phone on ring or vibrate qualified it. It's like they know they should turn the phone off to get a good night's sleep, but they have reservations. Here are my tips to get over those reservations, get a good night's sleep AND to get them to stop cursing me out when I send late night texts, emails and GroupMe chats.
I keep my phone on ring because I'm not that popular - Likely, if you're not that popular, you have a list of people who COULD be calling whose call you would take in the wee hours of the morning. GET AN iPHONE NOW! It has a "Do Not Disturb" feature that stops texts, emails and calls from anyone other than folks on your "favorites" list. Add your small group of people you'd actually take calls from to your favorites. Now you're good to go.
I need to keep my phone on ring because I use it as my alarm - Again, upgrade to an iPhone IMMEDIATELY. You'll wonder how you lived in the dark ages so long. I put my phone on silent every night and my smart iPhone recognizes that the alarm still needs to make noise whether the phone is on silent or not. How dumb are Blackberries Androids for not figuring this out?
I keep my phone on ring because someone could have an emergency - Stop what you're doing. Make a list of everyone you love. Call them RIGHT NOW and tell them you love them. Now that you've done that step, know that if God and Satan came to an agreement that something horrible is going to happen to your loved one, there's nothing you can do to stop it (Look at Job's family). If everyone you love knows you love them, there's no need to worry that you'll be needed while you're sleeping. Unless there are special circumstances (Caring for an ailing loved one, a disabled child who's away from you, etc.), there's no reason to lose sleep about something that COULD happen.
So what do you think? Is this helpful or do I need to stop emailing y'all early in the morning?