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.
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!
- Take TV out of bedroom.
- Turn off blackberry, i-phone, i-pad, lap-top or any other form of technology that you may have near you.
- Keep bedroom cool, comfortable temp
- Avoid caffeine before going to sleep
- Watch the alcohol with your dinner – leads to less restful sleep.
- Cuddle, show some affection to your partner. Having healthy sex before going to sleep has shown to lead to better sleep and better health!!