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The GEM Debate: Does Your Technology Keep You Awake?


“Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray my phone my contacts to keep. If the battery should die before I wake, I pray it’s backed up, for goodness sake.”

Sound familiar? I’ll admit it; it does for me.

A while back we had a GEM debate about whether you could turn off your technology in social settings. It was inspired by an article written by a woman who went out to dinner with an old friend who could not put her mobile phone down during the meal. The two women hadn’t seen each other in months, and yet here was the one friend, answering calls and emails as the writer disappeared further and further into the background.

Well, now comes this little ditty; The National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep in America poll has found that all those little electronic devices, you know the ones designed to make our lives easier, are robbing us of much needed ZZZ’s.

They polled more than 1,500 people between the ages of 13 and 64. Of those, 63 percent said they simply weren’t getting enough sleep during the week – and today’s technology is a big culprit. I know for me, I sleep with my phone on the bedside table. When I wake up during the night, I check it. Why? I’m not exactly sure, as I don’t know who would be emailing me at 2:46 am and I’m sure if they were a response could wait until a reasonable hour. But it turns out that’s not the only issue. The lighted screen suppresses melatonin, which helps us relax and sleep. Who knew?

Okay moment of truth now for the GEM debate, are you able to shut down at bedtime?

Do you turn OFF your phone or leave it in another room? Or are you like me, with your phone on the bedside table? Have you ever lost sleep because of your technology? Let’s hear it!



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