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Do You Use Tech In Bed Before Going To Sleep?

How boring is getting into bed and sleeping? I don’t think I’m the only one who thinks that. My nightly routine usually consists of me grabbing a quick shower, drying my hair – because who wants to catch a cold – getting into bed and slee… turning on my laptop to catch up on a couple of episodes of Iron Fist on Netflix. Really good show by the way. I recommend you start watching.

Well, according to new research carried out by LaptopsDirect.co.uk, found that the average Briton uses some form of technology for around 57 minutes before kicking it in and grabbing some shut eye.

From the 1,012 people who took part, they found that 68% of people use their mobile, which is bad. Mobile phone screens emit a blue light, which does something to your brain which essentially stops you from sleeping. Research by Scientific American state that “The light from our devices is “short-wavelength-enriched,” meaning it has a higher concentration of blue light than natural light—and blue light affects levels of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin more than any other wavelength.” Now that’s science…bitch!

Also, only 32% of people decide to watch television. So what does that mean for the remaining 36% if the 68% of people who use their mobile? Texting friends? Catching up on a late night Facebook stalk? Or maybe something that’s a bit too NSFW for the average tech user.

What’s more interesting is that that laptops have not been mentioned during this survey. However, 14% of people opted for using their tablets and a further 8% admitted to playing games consoles. It should be noted that 18 – 24 year olds were the worst culprits, averaging at around 71 minutes worth of tech use in bed before sleep.

Mark Kelly, marketing manager at LaptopsDirect.co.uk said “It is interesting to see just how many Brits will postpone sleep to play on their devices in bed. Gadgets are great and can be really fun but using them right before sleep can be a little disruptive to sleep quality

Kelly added, “Technology such as smartphone apps and fitness bands can also be used to measure the quality of sleep and help us nod off when we struggle to sleep. The advancements in technology and its increased accessibility mean that we are able to get a better insight into our sleeping habits once we have closed our eyes.”