Well, are you? New research shows that most of us certainly do not get the amount of sleep our bodies requires and it’s not just our busy lives to blame. It’s technology. Despite its claims that it makes our lives easier and more streamlined, the reality is we are becoming a generation of people that simply can not turn off (she types while lying in bed at 11pm on a Sunday evening!).
The research shows that almost six in ten of us are not getting enough sleep – a 50 per cent increase on just a year ago. Psychologist Richard Wiseman asked 2,149 adults in Britain about their night-time habits. The survey revealed that 59 per cent slept for seven hours or less a night.
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The average adult needs seven and a half to eight and a half hours of sleep a night – any less than that can be associated with numerous health problems.
Experts are blaming the use of phones, tablets and laptop computers both while in bed and in the hour or two prior to attempting to sleep. They say it’s the blue light emitted by the screens that reduces drowsiness and so makes it harder to fall asleep.
Professor Wiseman said that there were several ways to get better sleep and the best was to get rid of all smartphones and gadgets from the bedroom, and avoid using them before bed. He also said making a to-do list for the next day helped some people as did eating bananas, which are rich in sleep-inducing carbohydrates and muscle-relaxing minerals.