The 2011 Sleep in America® poll released by the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) finds pervasive use of communications technology in the hour before bed. It also finds that a significant number of Americans aren't getting the sleep they say they need and are searching for ways to cope.
"This poll explores the association between Americans' use of communication technologies and sleep habits," says David Cloud, CEO of the National Sleep Foundation. "While these technologies are commonplace, it is clear that we have a lot more to learn about the appropriate use and design of this technology to complement good sleep habits."
One of the researchers in the study had an interesting finding: "My research compares how technologies that are ‘passively received such as TVs and music versus those with ‘interactive' properties like video games, cell phones and the Internet may affect the brain differently," says Michael Gradisar, PhD, Flinders University (Australia). "The hypothesis is that the latter devices are more alerting and disrupt the sleep-onset process. If you feel that these activities are alerting or causing you anxiety, try doing something more ‘passive' to help you wind down before bed."
So while it is odd it may be understandable, better to watch some lazy TV program before bed than playing Angry Birds or engaging your friends on Facebook... at least better where a good night's sleep is concerned.
You can read more about the poll on the Sleepfoundation website.