Technology kills our sleep

Research in the Land of the Fee has revealed that dependence on televisions, mobile phones and laptops is causing people to lose a decent night’s sleep.

Russell Rosenberg, the vice chairman of the Washington DC-based National Sleep Foundation (NSF) said in a press release that mobile phones and computers, which make our lives more productive and enjoyable, may be abused to the point that they contribute to getting less sleep at night leaving millions of Americans functioning poorly the next day.

More than 95 percent of people questioned in the study said they used some type of electronics in the hour before going to bed, and about two-thirds admitted they do not get enough sleep during the week.

The theory is that exposure to artificial light before going to bed can increase alertness and suppress the release of melatonin, a sleep-promoting hormone.

We are not sure why conventional lighting does not cause the same problem, but the boffins seem to think that there is an invasion of “alerting technologies” which keep us awake.

Those aged 46-64 years old, were the worst offenders of watching television every night before going to sleep. A third of kids of today and young adults played video games before bedtime and this kept them awake.

Some who manage to nod off are woken up by mobilephones, texts and emails during the night. This is opposed to those of us who have a cheap Chinese mobile which wakes us up with the most irritating alarm stored on it, even when it is programmed to have a nice wake up call.

Teens aged 13-18 year olds, were the most sleep-deprived group, with 22 percent describing themselves as “sleepy,” compared to only nine percent of baby boomers. Of course teens always complain they have not slept enough and need to sleep through the day.

Americans’ lack of sleep is negatively impacting their work, mood, family, driving habits, sex lives and health. The report said. Of course it does not mention a tendency of seeing terrorists and weapons of mass destruction in other people’s country and mounting illegal invasions.

The way Americans are coping is by drinking shedloads of caffeinated drinks and and taking naps, sometimes more than one during the day.