Just one in 10 Britons manage to get good quality sleep after a new survey revealed that the rest of them are willing to sacrifice their sleep in order to spend more time on the internet.
The survey was carried out by Nytol and involved over 2,000 Britons, more than half of whom said that they logged on to the internet while in the bed while around 20 percent said that they needed to check their social media accounts, such as Twitter or Facebook, as they have a 'fear of missing out'.
Recent studies have shown that the blue light emitted by smartphones and tablets mimic the effect of daylight and thus suppress the production of a chemical called melatonin that is responsible for helping us sleep.
"Never before in history have we faced such an overload of information, causing people in the UK to suffer from a rising tide of sleep problems. Sufferers should try and avoid using phones, laptops and other screen-based devices for at least an hour before bed. Sometimes this is unavoidable, which is when apps which adapt blue light to its surroundings or a temporary sleep aid can be beneficial", the Director of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre, Dr Chris Idzikowski said.