Sleeping with your phone nearby can lead to disrupted sleep, as you’re tempted to check Facebook or Twitter, or return texts and emails. The sounds made by alerts and even the screen turning on and off can be detrimental to uninterrupted sleep. This is why the findings of a new Time Magazine poll are particularly disturbing.
For its new issue on wireless communications, Time surveyed individuals on their wireless mobile device habits. About half of all Americans sleep next to their mobile devices. That number goes up as the age of the respondent goes down, with 80 percent of 18-24 year olds sleeping next to their phones.
Some other, non-sleep-related findings: 44 percent of people would leave their wallets at home rather than their phone, 84 percent of worldwide respondents said they couldn’t go a single day without their mobile devices, and 61 percent said they plan to replace their phone in less than two years.