Technology brings many benefits to our everyday lives, including instant information and access to family, friends and business associates. But it has its downside, too. Our connectivity is contributing to sleep deprivation.
"The estimates are that we sleep about 20-percent less than we did about a century ago," said Dr. Garrick Applebee of the Vermont Regional Sleep Center-FAHC. "A lot of that is probably due to technology and really, the development of a 24/7 society where there's a number of different public services which require 24/7 coverage, but a lot of other businesses have moved toward a 24/7 model, so people are up a lot more at night. People have a drive toward being awake for work and so people seem to be getting a lot less sleep."
And no wonder, with cellphones, computers and televisions in our bedrooms and messages coming in day and night. Applebee says if you want more sleep, those items should be kept out of the bedroom.