Take Technology Out of the Bedroom!

by | Nov 3, 2011 | Health & News

Did you know nearly 95% of people use some type of electronics in the hour before going to bed?

Yes, sad but true.  According to a recent study done by the National Sleep Foundation, 95% of people questioned, claimed to have used their cell phones, computers, etc, within one hour before going to sleep and two-thirds admitted to not getting enough sleep during the week.
We thought technology was bad for your sex life – now studies have shown that it has invaded the bedroom leading to much less sleep!

According to Russell Rosenberg, vice chairman of the Washington DC-based National Sleep Foundation, “Cell phones and computers, which make our lives more productive and enjoyable, may be abused to the point that they may contribute to getting less sleep at night leaving millions of Americans functioning poorly the next day.”

We know we all may want to check our e-mails, text messages, etc. before putting our heads on the pillow, but have we gone too far?Here are some more astounding statistics from this study.

  •  Baby-boomers , or people aged 46-64 years old, were the biggest offenders of watching television before going to sleep.
  •  More than 1/3 of 13-18 year-olds and 28% of young adults aged 19-29 played video games before bedtime.
  •  Sixty-one percent said they used their computer or laptop in the bedroom at least a few nights each week.
Why do we feel that we need to stay in touch with everyone at all hours of the night?  Even when people have managed to fall asleep, they are woken up by cell phones, texts and e-mails during the night.  Now I understand while I was still practicing Obstetrics and delivering babies at all hours of the night, it was critical that I had my pager on and carefully placed on my bedside table.  I remember routinely having a poor night’s sleep on my “on-call” nights, thinking that my pager was going to go off at any minute and I would be needed at the hospital immediately.

 

Luckily, I was not on call every night, but the lack of restful sleep on many of these nights definitely took its toll.  I clearly remember stopping my delivering babies approximately 5 years ago and how much more restful my sleep has become since then.

 

So how does this degree of technological advances literally at our fingertips, affect our sexual desire?  In a previous e-mail broadcast, I mentioned that having a TV in the bedroom markedly lessened the amount of intimacy between you and your partner.  According to an Italian study, couples with NO television in the bedroom had twice as much sex as those who did have a TV in the bedroom.

 

Not only does having a TV in the bedroom lead to less sex, it also leads to poorer quality of sleep.  According to Charles Czeisler, of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, exposure to artificial light before going to bed can increase alertness and suppress the release of melatonin, a sleep promoting hormone.  He states, “technology has invaded the bedroom.  Invasion of such alerting technologies into the bedroom may contribute to the high proportion of respondents who reported they routinely get less sleep than they need. ”Czeisler estimates that one in 10 children are being awoken by texts after they have gone to bed.

The Generation Z’er’s, 13-18 year olds were the most sleep deprived group, with 22 percent describing themselves as “sleepy” compared to nine percent of baby boomers.  Adolescents in the study were only averaging about 7 and ½ hours of sleep on weeknights – markedly less than the recommended amount by sleep experts of nine and ¼ hours per night.So how is this lack of sleep affecting us?  Per this study, American’s lack of sleep is detrimentally affecting their work, mood, family, driving habits, sex lives and health. We need to turn off our Blackberries, i-phones, i-pads, etc. and start getting the restful sleep that we need and deserve.

Below are 6 tips to getting more sleep and having more intimacy!

  1.   Take TV out of bedroom.
  2.   Turn off blackberry, i-phone, i-pad, lap-top or any other form of technology that you may have near you.
  3.   Keep bedroom cool, comfortable  temp
  4.   Avoid caffeine before going to sleep
  5.   Watch the alcohol with your dinner – leads to less restful sleep.
  6.   Cuddle, show some affection to your partner.  Having healthy sex before going to sleep has shown to lead to better sleep  and better health!!
Try these out and leave me a comment to let me know how they are helping YOU!

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