Are you a sleep procrastinator?

Source: BBC News

By Richard Gray

What was the last thing you did before drifting off last night? You were probably on a device: reading emails, surfing the web or checking social media.

You’re not alone. A study by the National Sleep Foundation estimates 48% of American adults use gadgets such as tablets or laptops in bed and studies in other countries show this is even more prevalent among younger adults.

But snuggling up with electronic devices is ruining your sleep: keeping you up later and waking you more frequently during the night. More research has shown that night time use of technology can have a detrimental effect on ability to cope with stress, self-esteem and general mental health. Without sufficient sleep, you’re less productive at work and long term health can suffer but few seem able to resist. So why do we do it?

(Credit: Alamy)

Sending a text message, posting on Facebook or checking your email means you are waiting for a response, which revs up your emotional nervous system (Credit: Alamy)

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