Besides the focus on our sleep squashing love affair with technology, the poll found that many Americans are not happy with the quality of their sleep. And our coping mechanisms? Not ideal. get less than seven hours of sleep a day, thus putting themselves at risk for serious health problems.
Tips for Better SleepA better night's sleep is within your grasp, Rosenberg says. "If you could take the hour before bedtime and turn off the computer, the cell phone, and the TV, and engage in some better wind down routines, it would be helpful for sleep."
About one fourth of those polled said they leave their cell phone ringers on at bedtime, and about 10% say they are awakened at least a few times a week in the middle of the night by phone calls, texts, or emails. That was reported more by younger respondents, including 18% of teens and 20% of people aged 19 to Nike Crop Top Tank 29.
Naps are another way the survey respondents said they try to combat lack of sleep. More than half of the generation Y and Z respondents reported at least one nap during the work week.
The other reason? "Your sleep can be delayed because of the excitement of being involved with the computer [and other devices]," he says.
"The new thing here for me [from the survey] is that as we are moving into this highly technological age," Thorpy says. "We are now starting to get information about the use of these technologies and the fact they will influence sleep wake cycles."
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with the computer screen [and other screens]. The light suppresses a hormone that is supposed to tell the brain it's time to sleep. And that hormone is melatonin."
The average hours slept hovered around 7 hours for adults and a little more for teens. Teens averaged 7 hours, 26 minutes on a typical workday or school day; 19 to 29 year olds got about 7 hours; 30 to 45 year olds and boomers averaged a bit under 7 hours.
Coping Methods. Excessive caffeine and naps were often reported as coping mechanisms for lack of sleep.
Drowsy driving is blamed for more than 100,000 crashes annually, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, including 1,550 deaths.
Sleepiness. Teens are most likely to report sleepiness, the poll shows. About 22% of the teens got a ''sleepy'' rating when a standard assessment tool was used, as did 16% of the 19 to 29 year olds. With age, the sleepy rating went down, but didn't disappear: 11% for people aged 30 to 45; and 9% for baby boomers.
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Sleep and Technology. Using electronic devices before bedtime was common, with 60% on average overall watching Nike Jacket Red And Blue
The average person on a weekday reported drinking about three 12 oz caffeinated beverages, with little variation among age groups.
March 7, 2011 Devices meant to make life easier and more entertaining often make us sleepier, according to the latest poll by the National Sleep Foundation.
Sleep Poll: Second OpinionThis year's survey focuses on technology, and its effect on sleep is particularly important, says Michael J. Thorpy, MD, professor of clinical neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University and director of the Sleep Wake Disorders Center at Montefiore Medical Center in New York.
Sleep Poll: 2011 EditionThe survey has been taken annually by the National Sleep Foundation since 1991. This year's survey included 1,508 responses, about half done by telephone and half online.
Drowsy Driving. Sleepiness took a toll on driving, the pollsters found, with drowsy driving surprisingly common.
''This is a reflection of coping with either sleep deprivation or a sleep disorder," Rosenberg tells WebMD.
Half of people aged 19 to 29 said they drove drowsy at least once in the past month. About one in 10 teens and 19 to 29 year olds say they drive drowsy once or twice weekly.
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Generation Z: aged 13 18Generation Y: aged 19 29Generation X: aged 30 45Baby boomers: aged 46 64The findings focused on:
Sleep experts discourage screen time before bed, Rosenberg says. ''There are really two reasons for that," he says. "One has to do with the light exposures that people get Nike Tracksuit Junior
"A lot of the newer technologies we use involve the visual aspect," he tells WebMD. "Light is a very important factor when it comes to sleep and wake and circadian rhythms."
Sleep and technology don't mix, suggest the results of the 2011 Sleep in America poll. Using cell phones, computers, and video games just before bedtime and in the middle of the night, as teens and young adults say they often do is robbing many of much needed shut eye. That's according to Russell Rosenberg, PhD, chair of the Sleep in America 2011 task force and director of The Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine and Technology.
TV, 39% using cell phones, 36% laptops or other computers, 21% phone, 8% video games, and 29% music devices.
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Staying away from bright screen light before bedtime is recommended, he says.
Respondents' ages ranged from 13 to 64, and they were categorized as:
ranging from 38% of boomers to 51% of people aged 19 to 29.
''This year's poll really does focus on the technology and electronic devices people are using, devices that have become ubiquitous in our society," he tells WebMD.
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