Cell Phone Habits and Poor Sleep

How do you like to unwind before bed? Are you the kind of person who relaxes by playing a game on your phone? Do you typically check social media and email at the end of the night? If you do, you're one of the millions of Americans who like to enjoy modern technology in the evening. However, it turns out that nighttime cell phone use has a direct negative effect on your sleep.

According to a recent Google Survey posed by US-Mattress, Americans who responded positively to the question "Do you often find yourself using your cell phone in bed at night?" generally answered negatively to the question "How well do you usually sleep?" This was especially apparent in 18 to 24-year-olds, an age group where nearly 80% reported regularly spending time on their cell phones in bed before going to sleep. Of all respondents, they were the least likely to report getting "good" or "great" sleep.

Many Americans leave their cell phones on all night, for a variety of reasons. Besides the connection between active cell phone use and sleep deprivation, the survey results also showed that of all respondents:

  • 64% never turn off their cell phones at night

  • 58% use their cell phones as alarm clocks

  • 18% will always check notifications or answer messages at night

  • 30% sometimes do

The survey also showed that those who do not check notifications or answer messages at night have a considerably higher chance of experience a "good" or "great" night of sleep. Commenting on the results, US-Mattress Chief Researcher Donna Wang says, "As we live in a fast-paced world that seems to never unplug, it's important for people to understand how essential a good night's sleep is for their overall health and performance, and how cell phones are playing a major role in sleep deprivation."

Survey Results

Bar graph of the survey results

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