Elon Musk Says This Is A ‘Terrible Habit.’ What Science Says You Should Do Instead

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In a recent appearance on the Full Send podcast, Elon Musk revealed what he says is a terrible habit. “I have a bad habit–which I suspect a lot of people do–of immediately checking my phone,” Musk said. “It’s a terrible habit, actually.”

Musk is referring to when he first wakes up in the morning and he’s right, of course. He isn’t unique in waking up and immediately reaching for his phone. If he’s like most people, he probably doesn’t even get out of bed first. 

He’s also right that it’s a bad habit. There are a few reasons why, but the most important is that your brain literally has a boot-up process. As you go from sleep through the sort of fogginess of opening your eyes, your brain waves change. They continue to change as you become fully awake, but the in-between stage is important.

When you pick up your phone first thing, you skip past important stages of the process and instead prime your brain for distraction. Not only that, but when you disrupt the alpha wave stage, science…

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This article was written by Jason Aten and originally published on www.inc.com