Technology Is Creating Sleep-Deprived Generation

Modern day devices such as televisions, cellphones and computers have been responsible for people not getting enough sleep, a report has shown.

According to a study conducted by the US National Sleep Foundation, Americans who watch television into the early hours, play games consoles late into the night or use their mobiles before going to sleep are denying themselves a healthy night's rest.

As technology invades people's bedrooms and living rooms, their lack of sleep is affecting their productivity during daytime.

The study revealed that 95 per cent of those surveyed admitted to using some type of electronic device during the hour in which they went to bed. More than two thirds of the respondents claimed that they didn't get enough sleep on the weekdays.

The NSF found that most of the 46-64 years olds watched television before they went to bed while around a third of 13-18 year-olds and 28 percent of 19-29 year olds played games consoles before turning in.

Russell Rosenberg, the vice chairman of the NSF, said in a statement, “Unfortunately, cell phones and computers, which make our lives more productive and enjoyable, may be abused to the point that they contribute to getting less sleep at night leaving millions of Americans functioning poorly the next day.”