A study from the National Sleep Foundation on the relationship between communications technology and sleep has found that 43 percent of Americans say they rarely or never get a good night's sleep. Nearly 95 percent of those surveyed said that they use some kind of electronic device in the hour before bedtime. Those between the ages of 13 and 29 were far more likely to use interactive technology, such as the Internet, cell phones and video games in that hour than passive technology such as televisions.
The problem, according to the NSF, is that artificial light -- such as the glow of a screen -- can be disruptive to the body's production of melatonin, which helps you sleep. Participating in interactive activities also keeps your brain engaged, which can make it difficult to fall asleep. Gadgets beeping and blinking can also disrupt your sleep and the study found that around a tenth of 13- to 18-year-olds are awakened after they go to bed every night or almost every night by a phone call, text message or email. The study recommends sticking to a sleep schedule, avoiding bright lights in the hour before bed and cutting out late afternoon naps to help you catch up on sleep.