New alarming research has found that the average adult spends more time on their smartphone and computer than they do sleeping.
When computers, and cell phones for that matter, were invented, many people thought they would lead to a zombie generation, and one that is more obsessed with their emails than they are with a good night’s sleep, and that seems to be the case.
Long gone are the days of nodding off in a comfy armchair while reading a good book at 8 p.m. These days, if one isn’t on their work computer, they are on their phone and what about the upcoming release of the new Apple iWatch?
The new survey, carried out by Silentnight, reveals that most people spend an average of 8 hours 21 minutes per day sleeping, while they also spend an average of 8 hours 41 minutes on smartphones, computers, and laptops.
Not only that, but many of us also have our smartphones on while we sleep, just in case we get a call, and that figure stands at about 80 percent.
Four in ten adults and teenagers even admitted that they would check their phone if they heard a beep or saw it flash, sometimes all throughout the night.
While around 51 percent of people check the internet as soon as they wake up, only 18 percent eat breakfast, while around 32 percent are concerned with their appearance.
It’s no secret that lack of good sleep leads to all kinds of health problems, such as a weakened immune system, an increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes, to name just a few.
Sleep and energy coach Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan has lots of advice to help people get a good night’s sleep. Firstly, she suggests, switching off all smartphones and computers at least 60 to 90 minutes before hitting the sack, in order to let the brain relax.
As Dr Ramlakhan said, “Three quarters of people in the UK are not getting a good night’s sleep. As people increase the volume of technology in their homes, there are more distractions to keep them awake at night, reducing the amount of quality sleep they receive.”
The moral of the story is: Less technology more sleep.