13 min read by Bogdi
published un an în urmă, updated 5 luni în urmă
Even when everyone in your home is supposed to be turning in for the night, many people are unaware that their household is still connected to the wider world. This can keep kids (and adults) up long past their bedtime, or it can even expose your household to identity theft and other security threats while you sleep.
Internet access can be turned off at night by shutting off the wireless router. This can be done either manually or wirelessly. It's advised to turn off Internet access every night via a timer or other method to prevent unauthorized access at night from either household members or hackers.
Want to learn how to turn your Internet access off at night but you're not sure how to start? Keep reading below to learn exactly how you can shut off your Internet for better sleep and security.
Turning off your Internet access at night is usually a simple process that can be done in two major ways: manually and wirelessly. These methods have advantages and disadvantages depending on the reason why you're trying to turn off the Internet in the first place.
If you're doing it to avoid electric and magnetic field (EMF) radiation, turning off your wireless router remotely can help reduce your exposure to high levels of EMF radiation that you would have to subject yourself to every night if you turn off the router manually.
Here are a few easy ways to turn off Internet access at night:
Wireless shut-off of your wireless signal is a much more convenient method of shutting off your router since it can be done even when you're not in the same room as the router hardware. Wireless shut-off applications also allow you to shut off your wireless signal at the same time each evening to help you establish a routine for night-time Internet access.
Since excessive Internet use at night has become a progressively worse problem as the 21st century goes on, more software applications are tackling the Here are a few apps you can use to turn your Internet access off more easily at night:
Turning off Internet access is technically not difficult, but why would people bother to do it? Many of the concerns in 24/7 Internet exposure involve health problems associated with overuse of the Internet and over-exposure to EMF radiation.
Here are just a few of the negative symptoms associated with excessive Internet use, especially at night in bed:
Because of the health problems associated with spending half the night up on the Internet, many people have started taking deliberate steps to decrease their Internet exposure when it's time to get ready for bed. Turning off your Internet access each night can help train your brain that it's time to prepare for sleep and other evening activities and prevent feelings of withdrawal.
Most people spend well over eight hours a day being exposed to the Internet and associated media. Unsurprisingly, this kind of constant exposure can lead to symptoms of both addiction and withdrawal. Internet use exercises many of the same dopamine receptors that are involved with eating, doing recreational drugs, and other addictive behaviors. (Source: The Atlantic)
Because using the Internet can feel good, especially if it's done in the comfort of our own home and bed, it can excessively activate these dopamine centers in the brain associated with pleasure. This can lead to obsessive pleasure-seeking behavior in the form of excessive Internet use.
Since many people have jobs and other responsibilities during the day that prevent them from using the Internet too much, a lot of this excess Internet use occurs in the middle of the night when people should be sleeping instead. Not only does this lead to sleep deprivation and other health problems, excess Internet use at night can tank a person's mental health too.
Here are some of the most common symptoms you might temporarily experience if you are a heavy Internet user and start turning off access at night (Source: The Recovery Village):
There's no doubt that leaving your Internet up at night while you sleep on your wireless devices presents a cybersecurity risk for your household. Even if you have anti-virus software installed on your machines, there is little that these programs can do against a dedicated hacker who is up in the middle of the night with nothing to do but test your digital fences.
Turning off wireless access to home devices is the easiest way to prevent online criminals from attempting to access your wireless network. Hackers may be able to jimmy their way through an encrypted network, but not if they don't have wireless access to begin with.
Hackers can use your wireless signal to access your home devices, or they can piggyback off your signal to power their own devices. In either case, people are getting access to your home Internet that you don't want there. At best you might lose functionality and bandwidth, and at worst someone could spy directly into your home.
Here are a few other ways that hackers can potentially take advantage of lax cybersecurity at night (Source: Tweak Your Biz):
The problem with kids using the Internet at night after their parents have gone to bed is that without supervision, they can end up exposed to things on the Internet that are well above an age-appropriate level. Here are a few of the things you need to consider when it comes to turning off the Internet for your kids at night:
There comes a time in every teenager's life where they'll have unfettered access to the Internet and everything that implies. But when they're young, it's responsible for parents to help monitor and curb excess or problematic Internet usage by restricting access, especially at night when their kids are supposed to be sleeping anyway.
You might not consider the wireless router in your home a large drain on electricity, but you'd be surprised to learn the actual energy consumption of these household devices. The energy consumption of a wireless router is equivalent to thirty times the amount of electricity pulled by a cell phone charger.
The National Resources Defense Council has determined that wireless Internet routers account for enough energy consumption each year to power every home in Silicon Valley year-round. The NRDC also predicts that if Americans turned off their routers at night, they could collectively save over three hundred million dollars a year. That's no pocket change!
While turning off your router every night may only lead to shaving a few dollars off your Internet bill a year, it's still a way to keep money in your pocket that you would be throwing away otherwise. This is especially the case nowadays with so many wireless options for shutting down your Internet use remotely without having to disable the router hardware.
If your issue with turning off the Internet at night stems from your children overusing it, especially after you have gone to bed and can't be around to supervise their activities online, then you have several options to prevent this from happening. Here are just a few of the ways you can prevent your kids from using the wireless Internet at night while you're asleep (Source: PC Magazine):
Maintaining digital monitoring on your childrens' devices during daytime Internet use is easy enough, but if you leave the Internet up at night after you've gone to bed there's no telling what your kids may get into online. The best option to avoid any trouble is to just turn off the Internet at night for everyone. This promotes health for adults and kids in the household alike.
If you have never maintained the habit of turning off your Internet access at night, the thought of it may be intimidating. But you don't have to worry about messing up your Internet signal or causing damage to your hardware. Most routers and wireless signals are designed specifically to be turned on and off whenever they're needed.
For both health and security purposes, it's recommended by cybersecurity experts and doctors that people limit their exposure to wireless signals as much as possible. So not only is it okay to turn off Internet access, it's a smart idea.
The only concern that might crop up with Internet access at night is if the Internet provides your only means of telecommunication in the household. In the case of a medical emergency, having to set the wireless back up to call for help can cost precious seconds.
However, the fact that most adults have a smart device that can summon help with or without a wireless signal means that this concern isn't a serious threat for most households.
If you want to turn off Internet access at night by scheduling the wireless signal to stop at a certain point in the evening and come back up again in the morning, there are multiple ways to pull it off. Here are a few methods for scheduling your WiFi to turn off at night:
By using either of these methods, you should be able to set up your Internet access to where it shuts off automatically at night and comes back on in the morning. If you get to the point where you need access to your Internet outside of the scheduled hours, you can go in and do a manual override on most devices in order to gain additional access.
Nobody can say for sure or not whether you should turn off WiFi when you're not using it. However, there are many advantages of doing so, such as the following:
Turning off your wireless signal when not in use is a personal decision, but there are a lot of advantages associated with it and not many disadvantages. You might not like feeling disconnected from the Internet at first, but a few weeks of better sleep and reduced stress may change your tune.
As for the downsides to turning off Internet access at night, there aren't many. While you won't have the same access to media and information as you would if you left your wireless signal up, you technically shouldn't be using media excessively into the wee hours of the night anyway. Turning off the Internet every evening just removes the temptation to hop on and use it.
The average adult spends over six and a half hours on the Internet a day. (Source: Oberlo) In many cases, over half of those Internet hours are spent in the evening after other responsibilities and chores are completed. That means that there's a lot of people out there staying up on their phones in bed when they should be sleeping instead.
Sometimes you might want to turn off Internet access at night for some members of the household (children) but not for others (adults). In this case, you'll need a method that doesn't shut off wireless connectivity for the entire household, but instead restricts access from certain devices.
Here are the two main ways you can turn off Internet access to specific devices rather than turning off the wireless signal altogether:
Even though it can be a little more technically difficult to filter specific devices from your wireless Internet, this can be one of the most effective ways to restrict Internet access at night if you're dealing with stubborn and tech-savvy teens who are able to circumvent more lax security measures.
If your interest in turning off Internet access at night is about household health rather than cybersecurity, there are a few ways that you can keep new night-time Internet rules from turning into a major household battle. Here are some tips on how to make Internet restriction as painless as possible:
You're likely to hear some grumbling and groaning about new Internet restrictions at night if you put them in place, especially if you've been running a loose ship with regards to night-time Internet use in the past. But if you're fair and consistent with how you apply Internet boundaries, your family will thank you for it in the long run.
Even though you might feel a pang of panic at the thought of turning off your Internet at 9 PM every night instead of scrolling through Pinterest until two in the morning, you'll be a lot better off prioritizing your rest and cybersecurity over your Instagram.
In a world that is increasingly connected all of the time, making the deliberate decision to turn it all off while you rest is empowering and therapeutic.
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