For all you smartphone addicts out there, it’s time to start silencing it or turning it off at night.  Or at least stop sending texts before you go to sleep.  In comes this earth shattering news that texting before you turn in for the night is bad for your quality of sleep.

From Today:

Everyone loves to get a “goodnight” text, but sending too many messages before bedtime may cut into your sleep quality: Sending and receiving too many text messages can lead to poor sleep, according to a new study published in the journal Psychology of Popular Media Culture.

For the study, 83 college students answered an online survey about their sleep quality, as well as the average number of text messages they send and receive on any given day. Sure enough, researchers found that the more people text, the less sleep they get.

Not surprisingly, the authors of the study conclude that the audible text alerts wake you up while you’re trying to sleep.  Because, as one would expect, if you send texts, the recipient is going to respond.  In addition, people then feel pressured to respond immediately to the response. Oh, the vicious cycle.

This all seems rather silly, no?  Did we really need a study to tell us this?

It would seem sensible to just put your phones on vibrate at night, but apparently there’s been a study about that, too: The Danger of Leaving Your Phone on Vibrate.

And if that’s enough, as BetaBeat points out, there’s that whole “issue” with sleep texting too. (I’m being sarcastic).

It’s almost getting comical.

I think the point is, it’s time for people to just start using common sense when it comes to their tech gadgets.  I can probably think of more useful things on which these organizations can spend their research money and effort.


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