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Cell Phones Can Affect Sleep Patterns

October 30, 2013

Did you know that taking your phone into the bedroom could be costing you a good night's sleep? Sleep psychologist Dr Michael Hlavac, director of the sleep unit at Christchurch Hospital in New Zealand,  has said that cell phones and other communication devices such as the iPad and Samsung Galaxy Pad need to be taken out of the bedroom if people are to get a good nights sleep.

Excessive texting can lead to sleep deprivation

The comments by Dr Hlavac follow the release of a study from Washington and Lee University in the US, which has linked excessive texting to sleep deprivation.

The study, which was carried out by psychology professor Karla Murdock, was done to examine the sleep and texting patterns of over 80 first-year university students. The study found that a higher number of texts made on a daily basis could be directly associated with an increase in sleep related problems. It is believed that the reason for this is that students often felt pressured to reply to texts immediately, regardless of the time of day or night. This in turn created a tendency for many students to sleep with phones nearby, which woke them on a constant basis  throughout the night as the phone broadcast alerts from incoming texts.

Dr Hlavac in New Zealand, also went on to say that “texting before bed was among a number of activities which could interfere with a person's sleep hygiene. It's things like watching TV in the bed, playing on the computer or the laptop or iPad in bed…” He added that "They are all things which will tend to delay sleep onset and interfere with your ability of getting into a deep sleep early on in the night,".

What do you think about this? Are you a person who sleeps with their phone next to them and constantly feels tired? Or do you think that there is no substance to this report? Leave us your thoughts in the comment section below.

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