If you count your phone as one of your bedfellows there’s a good chance you’re doing more tossing and turning than snoozing. According to a new study, sending a large amount of texts each day can lead to lack of sleep and if sending and receiving many texts each day is part of your routine you could find yourself having long term sleep issues.
Today reports about the study published in the journal Psychology of Popular Media Culture that surveyed college students about their texting and sleep habits. Researchers found a direct link between the amount of texts a person sends and receives to their quality of sleep.
Researchers believe part of the problem is that we tend to sleep in close proximity to our phones and wake up when we hear the alert of a new text. And even though people are not likely to call late at night, many people think nothing of sending a late night text. Either way, we are waking up to check the text and answer the message in many cases.
But if you’re really serious about getting some quality sleep there’s an easy fix. Researchers urge people to turn their phone on silent at night (not vibrate –this makes noise too) and put your phone face-side down so the back light doesn’t disturb you in case you do get a message.
What do you think of the new study suggesting sending and receiving too many texts can lead to poor sleep?
Do you find yourself waking up multiple times a night to answer text messages?