Does Using Electronic Devices Before Going To Bed Interrupt Our Sleep Patterns?

Researchers at the National Sleep Foundation are making some correlations between our use of electronic devices and the lack of sleep some of us experience. The report states that 43% of people between 13 to 64 years old report sleep disturbances and dissatisfaction in the amount of sleep they get each night. The most disturbing fact is that the report indicates that 95% of those surveyed used some type of electronic device before bed. The survey included devices such as televisions, computers, laptops, cell phones, and video games and were segregated by age groups. Each of the different age groups had a preference in which technology they preferred to use before going to bed.

The report uses the following breakdown in ages:

Baby boomers (46-64 year olds)
Generation X’ers (30-45 year olds)
Generation Y’ers (19-29 year olds)
Generation Z’ers (13-18 year olds)

The device used most often by all age groups before falling to sleep was the television. I fall into this group since we have an HDTV in the bedroom and enjoy watching programs that we have previously recorded on our home DVR service from DirecTV. The younger generations indicated in the survey that video game playing was what they like to do before bed. All groups indicated that surfing the Internet before bedtime was also popular. The younger generations also indicated they like to send and receive texts before going to bed as well.

I think the most disturbing fact in the report was that one in ten claimed they were woken at night by a text message. This is where I draw the line in my cell phone use. Who wants to be woken in the middle of the night to answer some silly text message that can wait until the morning? I have enough problems sleeping without setting myself up to be woken up in the middle of the night. Even those Facebook messages can wait until the morning.

So what do people do, according to the report, to combat insufficient sleep? They consume a copious amount of caffeine and also take naps. Again, this is me. When I have a bad sleep night, a nap is in order to refresh myself and continue on the day with a better attitude. I am fortunate to be in a position to nap, since I work out of the house to do my blogging here at LockerGnome.

There was one piece of advice in the report that I think I am personally going to try. The report stated that if you must nap, keep the napping under 45 minutes and before 3:00pm. I already do the other no-nos such as avoiding caffeine and heavy meals before going to sleep. I also try not to take my daily stresses to bed and like my sleeping environment cool when I sleep.

So what do you think? Do you believe that electronic devices play a significant role in preventing us from getting a good night’s sleep?

Comments welcome.

Source – National Sleep Foundation

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I have been writing for LockerGnome since relocating to Missouri seven years ago, where I continue to be a technology enthusiast who enjoys playing with the newest and latest gadgets.

  • leftystrat

    Sounds like there might be something missing.

    Let’s say you exercise before bed (which is NOT recommended). You release endorphins and adrenaline, which are not necessarily good for sleep.

    Perhaps tv watching does too….

  • Pizzor2000

    I think electronic devices can have an affect on my sleep. Sometimes if I do play video games or sit in my bed surfing the ‘net on my netbook before going to sleep, I have trouble falling asleep for a few hours.

    I do think the mental stimulation from electronic activities, along with having just stared at a bright screen, do kind of wake my brain up, so I have trouble sleeping when I’m ready.

  • Oliver W.

    I remember sleeping last light listenng to music like I always do, and doze off minutes later, iPod on side of my bed. but this time I woke up this morning with my iPod in my hand, in the safari browser search engine. What do I do to limit these kind of strange things from happening?

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hello Oliver W.,
      You might be possessed. :-)

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