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Text before bed time and you'll have trouble sleeping

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Text before bed time and you'll have trouble sleeping
A survey conducted on 83 college students found that the more text messages they sent, the harder it was for them to get a good night's sleep. The study was written up in the Psychology of Popular Media Culture. Because most people sleep right next to their phone, a late night texting session usually results in a number of responses from those you are passing messages back and forth with, leading to buzzing and ringing from your phone as these replies come in. Those sounds can keep you up and negatively affect your sleep. In addition, people usually feel compelled to answer incoming texts, even at an ungodly hour.

The authors of the study suggest that before going to bed, put your phone on silent (not vibrate). And to prevent the backlight from keeping you up, the authors recommend that you flip the phone screen side down, unless you need a night light.

Over two years ago, we asked the musical question, "Are you a sleep texter?" and told you that certain things (like texting, apparently) that don't require a lot of brain function, can be done in your sleep. This is a different, but related issue to the inability to get a good night's sleep if you text before bed. In this case, the solution is to move your handset out of reach before bedtime.

source: APA, Today via betabeat, Textually.org

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posted on 16 Oct 2013, 20:26 3

1. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Well it seems they have never tried saying "Good night, catch you in the morning".

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 20:57 2

3. ocilfa (Posts: 299; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


These are college kids though, their morning is more like noon.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 20:41 2

2. Birds (Posts: 927; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Hell no, if someone texts me at anytime later than 9:30 pm, they either get cursed out or no reply... Aint no body got time to be staying up all night texting. Texting aint even fun like it was in 9th grade... Hell, no one at school really uses their cell phones any more except for Spotify, Pandora and to cheat on a test...

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 22:58 4

6. ilia1986 (unregistered)


You must be fun at parties.

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 08:41

9. Birds (Posts: 927; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I go to a kickback here and there....

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 21:01

4. bibekpachhai (unregistered)


I don't find hard to believe. Snapchat and Facebook messenger have same effects, well on me.

posted on 16 Oct 2013, 22:01

5. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 724; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


high school was the bomb.i txt in my room after school 4;00 to like 1;00am in the morning.i txt in the bathroom for 20 to 45 mins almost every day even at the mall. and now i'm here commenting on PA almost every day ...PA your tha bomb..

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 00:51

7. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2099; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Nice tips of keeping silent and flipping the phone.

posted on 17 Oct 2013, 04:46

8. Diazene (Posts: 123; Member since: 01 May 2013)


Usins the screen as a night light? I hope it isn't an AMOLED

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