Using electronic gadgets before bed disrupts sleep

Published On: Nov 19 2012 04:05:49 AM EST

If you’re like most Americans, you spend time on your smartphone or other electronic gadgets while in bed before actually going to sleep.

In fact, 95% of people report they regularly surf the internet, watch TV or text someone in the hour before going to sleep. Not only can that time spent on gadgets be distracting, but it can make falling asleep even harder once you close your eyes. This damage to your sleep cycle can lead to sleep loss that affects your mental awareness and physical well-being.

Here are some quick facts about Americans and technology that might make you think twice the next time you’re thinking about getting into bed with your smartphone.

- More than 75% of Americans are connected to the internet with some type of mobile device.
- 1 in 3 smartphone users are willing to give up sex with their partners to keep their phones.
- In 18 to 29 year olds, 90% sleep with their phone in or right next to their bed.
- 1 in 4 do not put their phones on silent before getting into bed.
- 1 in 10 are woken up by phone calls, texts, or emails at least a few times a week.
- 50% will check their phone immediately if they wake up in the night for no reason.
- 63% of those who report using electronic gadgets before bed say their sleep needs are not met during the week.
- After just two hours of exposure to light emitted from electronic gadgets, melatonin is suppressed by 22%. (Melatonin is the hormone in your body that promotes sleep)
- 1 in 5 car accidents occur as a result of drowsy driving.
- 3 in 10 workers fall asleep at their desk at least once every month.
- The lifetime risk for a heart attack increases 50% in those who average less than 6 hours of sleep per night.

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