Stat!: Plugged-In & Sleepless


  • % of Americans (age 13 – 64) who say they rarely or never get a good night’s sleep on weeknights: 64
  • % who say they experience a sleep problem every or almost every night: 60
  • % who report using some kind of electronic device within an hour of going to bed at least a few nights each week: 95


“Artificial light exposure between dusk and the time we go to bed at night suppresses release of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin, enhances alertness and shifts circadian rhythms to a later hour – making it more difficult to fall asleep,” says Charles Czeisler, PhD, MD, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “This study reveals that light-emitting screens are in heavy use within the pivotal hour before sleep. Invasion of such alerting technologies into the bedroom may contribute to the high proportion of respondents who reported that they routinely get less sleep than they need.”

Source: “Sleepy Connected Americans”, National Sleep Foundation media release

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