Sleep experts say our devices are keeping us awake for longer, which affects our sleep and health. So why on earth do we do it?
What was the last thing you did before drifting off last night? You were probably on a device: reading emails, surfing the web or checking social media.
You’re not alone. A study by the National Sleep Foundation estimates 48% of UK adults use gadgets such as tablets or laptops in bed and studies in other countries show this is even more prevalent among younger adults.
But snuggling up with electronic devices is ruining your sleep: keeping you up later and waking you more frequently during the night. More research has shown that night time use of technology can have a detrimental effect on ability to cope with stress, self-esteem and general mental health. Without sufficient sleep, you’re less productive at work and long term health can suffer but few seem able to resist. So why do we do it?
Sending a text message, posting on Facebook or checking your email means you are waiting for a response, which revs up your emotional nervous system.
Unlike reading and TV, modern gadgets are interactive rather than passive. Their connectivity to the outside world intrudes into the bedroom, a place that has historically been somewhere private to unwind and forget about a hectic day.
Experts say we need between 30 minutes and an hour of preparation before going to sleep to give our minds a chance to unwind from the stresses of the day. Things like reading a book, having a hot drink or doing a repetitive task like counting sheep all help.But what has been proven to help is a night sky ceiling enabling you to relax under a blanket of stars creates a more natural sleep environment.
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