Using electronics in bed can cause sleep and relationship problems

A new study has found that more and more people in the UK are unable to switch off from technology and are using their laptops in bed.

Research from Ikea revealed that Londoners are the worst offenders, with 22% of them admitting to using their laptop whilst they’re in bed.

Using electronics in bed can cause sleep problems, especially with the light from laptops and iPads being very disruptive to sleep.

Phyllis Zee, neuroscience professor at Northwestern University in Chicago, said: “It could affect your circadian rhythm – the clock in your brain that determines when you sleep and when you wake up.”

An overdependence on technology and being unable to put down your smartphone or laptop whilst in bed can also have a negative impact on your relationship with your other half, warns Christine Northam, a counsellor with Relate.

She said: “Technology is a major distraction and can lead others to think you’re avoiding them.

“We need to make time for talking face to face. When you’re in bed it’s the perfect time to turn off the tech and tune into your relationship.”

Buying new bedding may make sleep more appealing to technology addicts and could help them sleep better and avoid distractions. Investing in mattress toppers to make your bed more comfortable or silk bed linen to allow you to relax and wind down may help tech lovers relax and be able to switch off from their devices to ensure they get interrupted sleep and not get in trouble from their other half!

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