05/21/2014 05:58 pm ET Updated May 21, 2014

What The iPhone Taught This Technology Addict About Unplugging (WATCH)

If your smartphone does more thinking for you than your own brain, that's probably a good sign that it's time to unplug.

Digital strategist and recovering tech addict Caroline Giegerich faced such a wake-up call in June 2007 shortly after the release of the first iPhone. She joined HuffPost Live host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani to discuss her addiction and the moment she needed to make a lifestyle change.

For two years, Giegerich spent her days working in emerging technology for HBO, her mornings and evenings managing a tech blog of her own, and the rest of the time living a busy, social, New York lifestyle. When she read a Wired article about how it's possible to survive on a one to two hours of sleep a night, Giegerich thought she had discovered a way for her to accomplish everything on her to-do list.

“I thought that was the best thing I had ever heard,” said Giegerich. “I thought, ‘While everyone else is sleeping, I’m going to be working and that’s going to lead me to success’… At the time I thought that was magic. I became a Red Bull-obsessed, fueled crazy person who really couldn’t focus on anything.”

However, after she got her hands on her new iPhone, she realized how her tech overload was damaging her body.

“What I did was transfer most of my cognitive ability to the phone, and when you do that, what happens is your brain stops knowing how to do these functions itself,” she said. “That’s where I really saw the corner turn for me.”

To hear more about Giegerich’s struggle with digital addiction, watch the full HuffPost Live clip in the video above.