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  1. sander29
    sander29 April 1, 2014 at 12:19 pm |

    This article is very relevant to me, not only am I awaken by my phone from time to time but when my son cries in the middle of the night I wake up and comfort him then I check the time on my phone and once I see a notification I start playing with my phone. Next thing I know two hours went by then it’s time fro work or school. Once I check my phone I feel wide awake and when I notice that so much time has went by I quickly try to go to sleep. Then there is only a hour left until I have to get up and I am dragging in the morning with major exhaustion. I feel if my phone is out the room I am missing so much and I am clue less of the time and have a hard time waking up unless my son is my alarm.

  2. blankb
    blankb April 15, 2014 at 12:06 am |

    In this article, the author discusses how using a smartphone or other electronic device shortly before going to bed can cause us to struggle with insomnia. Even worse, using a smartphone or electronic device in the middle of the night can also cause insomnia or bouts of anxiety. As stated by the National Institute of Health, forty percent of Americans suffer from insomnia a year. Out of all of the reasons that could cause insomnia, smartphones and electronic devices are two of them.

    The article goes on to state that the reason Americans are using their smartphones before or during sleep is due to the fact that they are using them as alarm clocks. For the most part, people use smartphones as alarm clocks because they can be easier to set and more customizable. However, having them by our bedside for easy access deprives our body of sleep. The blue tones emitted from smartphones or other electronic devices sets off brain receptors telling a person to stay awake. Therefore, it takes a person’s body longer to fall asleep after looking at a smartphone or electronic device’s screen.

    I agree with the material covered in this article, as I have struggled with this issue time and time again. I try to log off of my computer about an hour or two before my proposed bed time every night. However, I am on my cell phone and iPod right up until I fall asleep. Even though I may state that “reading on my iPod makes me sleepy”, the actual light emitted from it is keeping me awake. Not only does it keep me awake, but I often get anxious right before I go to sleep. This makes the falling asleep process much more difficult.

    The author did a good job of covering the various aspects of smartphones and its ties to insomnia. Orfeu Buxton, a neuroscientist, stated that having a smartphone or tablet in the bedroom can set off a threat alert within the mind, which in turn causes anxiety. Having experienced this before, I agree with Buxton and his findings completely. After reading this article, I am going to give shutting off my electronic devices another go. Although it may seem like I’ll struggle to go to sleep at first without them, it will help with insomnia in the long run.

  3. ratajczn
    ratajczn April 23, 2014 at 12:32 pm |

    This article talks about how people are awoken in the middle of the night because of their cell phones and next thing they know its 2 hours later and it’s time to get ready for school or work. Most people say that they need their phone for their alarm clock or something like that or I need my phone on in case a friend needs me in the middle of the night. I have to say I do this too I depend on my phone for everything I need. It is my calendar, my alarm clock, and it is how I get in contact with people. I’m lucky I did grow up without a cell phone for a while so I have my home phone, my cell phone, my moms phone, my boyfriends phone, my aunts house phone, and my grandparents house number all memorized just in case I need. This happened to me last semester where my cell phone charger just died in the middle of the night and so my phone died in the middle of the night so my alarm did not go off in the morning and I was 20 minutes late for my first class. After that I got an old fashion alarm clock in order to make sure it would work. Not everyone needs their phones as their alarm clock and sometimes phones are not completely reliable (like in my incident). I do recall in this article about it talking about getting distracted by games and notifications. This happened to me as well a lot. I hear my phone go off I look at the notification next thing I know I’m scrolling through Facebook for about an hour. Also I will get completely distracted in the middle of the night if my phone goes off and then I am up playing Candy Crush all night trying to beat the next level. I think I am take from this article to try and not keep my phone by my bedside all the time if someone really needs me they can call my house phone if something bad happens I really do not need my cell phone to wake me up and keep me distracted all night long.

  4. dvanduyn
    dvanduyn April 23, 2014 at 3:06 pm |

    This article discusses how having your smartphone go off in the middle of the night often results in interrupting your sleep. One will often wake up to check what the new notification is, disrupting your natural sleep cycle. I know this problem definitely affects me, as I am known to answer my phone at any time of night, regardless of being asleep or not.

    According to an article by the National Sleep Foundation, “How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?,” an average adult needs between seven and nine hours of sleep each and every night – something that is hard to obtain when there is a new text message or Facebook update that needs to be seen every 45 minutes. Another side effect of not getting the recommended amount of sleep has been linked to memory loss. Memory is one of the biggest resources for those of us in college and having that damaged is a serious concern – especially when the college years are known to take a toll on the amount of sleep we actually achieve each night.

  5. pcottman
    pcottman April 23, 2014 at 5:53 pm |

    This article highlights the dangers of sleeping with your phone within reach. Many people, myself included, leave their phones at their bedside to serve as an alarm clock in the morning. According to Bilton, however, we’ve been conditioned to rely on them for so much more than that, which can lead to late-night browsing through all of our apps, even if we don’t plan on it. This immersion in such activities when we should be sleeping has been linked to a rise in insomnia and other sleep disorders.

    One small detail in the article that I found very interesting was the mention that blue light triggers the brain into staying awake. Three of the apps I check most prominently in my before-bed sweep, Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter, are all presented upon blue color schemes. It makes me wonder if they’ve done this intentionally, to get people to spend more time on their sites.

    Contrary to the typical situation presented in the article, I find that I sleep better after having checked through all of my social media apps one last time before sleeping. This might be a sign that I’m rely too heavily on technology and media, but for the time being, it doesn’t seem to cause any major problems; I sleep just fine. The anxieties mentioned in the article never strike me, since I’m generally calmest in bed.

  6. fuhrmane
    fuhrmane April 23, 2014 at 10:33 pm |

    This article makes a very valid point: all of us are constantly connected. I believe that a large part of the insomnia problems people are having now is because of the feeling of being constantly involved, connected, and present online. There have been several times where I have seen people so engrossed in their phones that they miss out on family, friends, and experiences around them. It is something we all fall victim to.

    I believe it will be a difficult task to revert back to old ways, like using a regular alarm clock. Personally, the regular alarm clock sounds bother me a lot and I prefer to use my phone or something where I can customize the sounds. I think even though it would be difficult, it would be worth it to at least set boundaries or restrictions that after a certain time all electronics must be off, etc. If people were to at least limit the media consumption and time they are connected, it would not only improve sleep, but many other aspects of life as well.

    It’s amazing to see how much technology really has effected our lives. In many ways, it has made our lives easier and more convenient, but then again it clearly hinders some aspects of our lives as well. All in all, it never is a bad thing to cut back a little bit on how much we use. All things, especially technology, is good in moderation.

  7. vherrmann
    vherrmann April 24, 2014 at 8:45 pm |

    This article addresses an issue that has only been around for a few years, but almost everyone has fallen victim to at one point or another. I’ve had many nights where I initially check my phone for the time and eventually end up on social media for hours, making sleep nearly impossible. According to the Forbes article, “Researchers Say Don’t Check Your Cell Phone At Night”(http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/09/for-a-restful-night-make-your-smartphone-sleep-on-the-couch/?smid=pl-share), it is reported that 43% of Americans don’t get enough sleep on weekends, a figure that could be significantly related to electronic devices. The most obvious reason for keeping your phone in the bedroom with you is to have an alarm handy so you don’t oversleep. While this is extremely convenient, with most devices having an alarm application built in, it poses the risk of grabbing your phone in the middle of the night. With your phone only an arm’s length away, the temptation to check your phone at night is always a problem. This is furthered by anxiety-inducing text messages or social media posts, which can keep you awake even after you put down your phone. With the prevalance of cell phone usage among teenagers, this age group has the highest risk of insomnia. This could lead to underachievement in school, which could directly affect his/her future. Perhaps the most effective alternative to keeping your phone in your room is to purchase an alarm clock and keep your phone in a different room. Unfortunately, many have made checking their cell phone a nightly routine, which would make this problem a difficult one to solve.

  8. josth
    josth April 24, 2014 at 10:07 pm |

    I found this article very interesting because not too long ago I made the switch from “dumb” phone to smart phone and noticed a big difference in my behavior. Because I was late to switch to an iPhone I used to notice my friends sitting next to one another just staring at their phones in silence. This always confused me and I didn’t understand what was so entertaining. Now that I have a smart phone I’ve noticed the slow transition toward this zombie like behavior. Now I find myself on my phone every night before bed, and just like in the article if I wake up during the night I check it automatically. This has lead to poor sleep habits and exhaustion which affects daily life. I notice that a lot of college students seem eternally sleepy, this may be due to the amount of homework we have but I think putting our phones down before sleeping would greatly decrease our level of stress and provide a better sleep habit. The need to be constantly connected with the world and the ability to do so with a smart phone is the problem that is causing an increase in insomnia.

  9. hulbertt
    hulbertt April 28, 2014 at 7:45 pm |

    Smartphones in the bedroom have led to a rise of patients complain of lack of sleep and troubles falling asleep. The author states that waking up in the middle of the night to check your phone leaves yourself lying awake with anxiety about the morning. Also, the disruption of sleep leaves us tense, worried and frustrate. Many people have complained that they are having troubles falling asleep at night and Sleep Disorders Research has related it to smartphones being in the bedroom. The author discusses what causes disruptions in our bodies when rudely awaken by our smartphones. The reason we find ourselves very tired and anxious is what the Orfeu Buxton, a neuroscientist, calls “threat vigilance.” This means that because of the blue light, which is produced form smartphone screens, our brain receptor are triggered to keep us awake. The reason why our phones are in our bedrooms is to serve as an alarm clock during the early morning rise. A simple solution is to buy a simple alarm clock and leave your phone somewhere else. This makes it less of a distraction when it goes off in the middle of the night and it will quickly get you out of bed. I found this article relevant to myself because I am a victim of sleeping next to my phone. Although I have learned to keep it on silent, I programmed my phone to “Do Not Disturb” just in case any of my family and friends on my “favorite list” needs me. Many people have the habit of endless scrolling in the morning before they get out of bed and before they go to bed. I think it would be beneficial to everyone’s health if they kept my phone somewhere else besides next to their head.

  10. akolodziejski
    akolodziejski April 29, 2014 at 12:19 pm |

    In this article, a point is made that smartphones in the bedroom disrupt sleep. I agree with this point, but do not relate to it personally. It has been made quiet apparent that today’s society has been consumed with “smart” technology, “smart” technology that has helped and hurt people who fall into it’s allure. In this case, the smartphone is the “smart” technology under speculation and is considered more to hurt, rather than to help. The author points out that although the smartphone aides in our life, it can cause disrupt as well and the disrupt is to our sleep.

    Sleep is something we all need, obviously, but the more technology develops, the more of a need possessing technology becomes too. Everyone now-a-days needs a smartphone and that is perfectly fine, but smartphones, just as anything else, need to be used within reason. The author of this article points out that people are not using their smartphones the way they should and their sleep is suffering because of it. The author references and quotes Dr. Claman when he says “smartphones in the bedroom have led to a rise in sleep-related complaints from his patients”. If this is the case, why are people still sleeping in the same room as their smartphones? One of the top reasons for that is as an alarm clock. People sleep with their smartphones in the room because they use it to wake themselves up. I do the same and can understand why people would do it, but for many people, it is causing them harm. It is causing them harm, because having the smartphone there while you’re trying to sleep does not allow you to “turn off”, as the author mentioned. When you’re constantly checking your phone in the middle of the night and stressing yourself out with staying in touch, then not only will you not be able to sleep, but you increase your risk for developing sleep related illnesses such as insomnia.

    I personally sleep with my smartphone in the room and as I mentioned, I use it as my alarm clock. I have have never found a problem with “turning off” for the day and can always sleep when I want to. I think people need to have balance when using “smart” technology. It’s perfectly fine to use a smartphone as an alarm clock, you just need to find the balance to sleep and use the phone at the appropriate times.

  11. marcusdarby
    marcusdarby April 29, 2014 at 12:30 pm |

    This article was a very intriguing article because of the studies performed. I personally have no problem sleeping through the night, even if i decide to take a look at my phone during late hours. Normally i sleep through hearing my phone ring or vibrate with notifications. What hit me is that I did not realize that so many people in this country are affected by having a phone in the bedroom with them. The problem throughout their day can be manifested causing insomnia and a lack of sleep which effects the ability to perform the next work day.

    The government is also affected because of this lack of sleep the lose a large and insane amount of money. 63 Billion dollars are of the table just because of a cell phone. wow. It maybe wise for some people to actually turn their phone off at night and put it somewhere they won’t look, that way they are not intrigued by its aura.

  12. bleekerk
    bleekerk April 29, 2014 at 12:36 pm |

    The main point made in this article is the fact that smartphones play a negative role
    when it come to sleeping at night. A lot of people use their phones as alarm clocks,
    causing it to be right by their side in bed. You might be tempted to check your phone while you’re laying in bed, and checking one app leads to checking 3 apps, which leads to checking 3 other apps and so on. 64% of the people have their phones in their bedroom, so it is safe to say that this problem affects a lot of people.

    This article is very relateble to me. I use my phone as an alarm clock, and it lays not more than 3 feet away from my head. I am from the Netherlands, and I use my phone as a primary object to communicate with friends and family back home. The fact that it is 6 hours later in the Netherlands, I often get woken up by texts from the Netherlands in the middle of the (American) night.

    The most interesting thing in this article to me, is the fact that blue light sets of brain receptors, that tell someone to stay awake, so it’s harder for people to fall asleep. The apps I personally use most, are Twitter, Facebook and Messages. All of these apps are predominantly blue (iMessage sends blue text balloons).

    Personally, it gives me a good feeling going to sleep after I checked all my apps one last time. This might mean that I have an addiction to technology, but I do not believe it affects my sleeping in a negative way, although I have to admit it has happened that I saw an email or text right before I went to sleep that made me think a lot about it.

    Sources other than article used for comment:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/15/phones-sleep-mobile-_n_2680805.html

  13. steph_pully
    steph_pully April 29, 2014 at 5:09 pm |

    Nick Bilton, the author of this article, wants reader to know that having a smartphone or electronic gadget in your room can cause lack of sleep, which can lead to insomnia. Dr. Claman explained, “the phone is becoming a more common contributing factor to insomnia.” Insomnia can cause people to lose focus at work, and students can lose focus in their studies. I have seen people tweet or write on Facebook that before they go to bed they look at all their social media sites on their phone. This act could keep people up for an extra thirty to forty minutes every night, just because people want to know what’s going on. So I agree with the author that people will forget about sleep once they start using their phone during the night.

    The author explains that insomnia is caused because people check their phones during the night and worry about what they have seen. Due to this, the author feels as though people should not take their phone to bed with them. Yes, it can be something to do when a person cannot fall asleep, but in the end the author explains that electronics keep a person up longer. For example, sometimes I will see something on Facebook and do not understand what it is about. I will then spend time trying to find out what is happening when really I should be sleeping. The author states that, “Experimental research has found that if people use a tablet for up to two hours before bed, it takes an extra hour to fall asleep.” Most of the time, before I go to bed, I will watch Netflix on my iPhone. I have noticed that after watching Netflix it takes me awhile before I can fall asleep.

  14. KyleKull
    KyleKull April 30, 2014 at 1:56 pm |

    This article shows the relation between sleep and electronic use. This has happened to me many times, you are planning to go to bed early and then before you know it you have watched around ten youtube videos and its way past the time you originally had planned on going to bed. This article states that if you look at any type of blue light such as a tablet or phone 2 hours before bed, it will take you an extra hour to get to sleep. This was a surprise to me, I think that if you were to only be on a tablet right up until bed time this would hold true, but if you engage in other activities say reading a book or playing an instrument then it wouldn’t be such a strong argument. I think that it is more about the last thing you did before bed that your mind is most focused on. Smartphones and alarm clocks have defenitely messed with my sleep schedule even when having the “do not disturb” feature on. Usually if i just wake up to check the time and have no notifications then I can fall back asleep very easily but if i have people trying to contact me, even from earlier in the night that i had missed, this can be very disturbing to my sleep schedule.

  15. silfae
    silfae April 30, 2014 at 6:00 pm |

    Being a witness myself on how my cell phone controls my bad sleeping habits, I came up with a question which I was in hopes of getting an answer to while I was reading. How can someone who is highly addicted to their phone become discipline enough to tell oneself when it is bedtime to put your phone somewhere that is not the bedroom? I have tried and tired continuously to understand why over the years my insomnia has increased and reading this article has widen the possibilities. Interestingly how anything that contains a blue screen inhibits one to sleep the amount of hours one is required to have. Not just reading the article but also reading the previous comments makes me realize that insomnia is a social suffering reoccurring without one even realizing it. The biggest problem of this generation is that at a very young age we allow toddlers to play with tablets before bedtime, we use our tablets to read books and technology is rapidly increasing each year, although putting the electronics away from reach before bed doesn’t necessarily mean that our minds will not be left with wonder. I know personal that if my phone dies I am left with anxiety on having to know if I have missed a call or wether I have received a message. Anxiety creates insomnia, so what’s the idea behind making the anxiety go away? The lost of money because of workers working insufficiently increases surprisingly because insomnia causes the lack of productivity. I have noticed In various occasions that when I feel like I have slept enough the night before I truly have not because the night before I caught myself continuously waking up checking my phone, I wonder and wonder if taking away a phone while one is sleeping is the solution. Great read but it rises many more questions behind technology and insomnia.

  16. EmilyDiMartino
    EmilyDiMartino May 1, 2014 at 11:24 am |

    I think this article does make a very good point about technology being a distraction to our normal sleeping patterns. However, for myself, I go on my computer and watch Netflix or Hulu to fall asleep. It takes about a half hour, but I prefer that to reading Facebook or Twitter on my phone. Without any science I can not prove this, but my brain feels less active when I am just watching something rather than if I am reading (and I am notorious for falling asleep during movies). As for when I wake a few hours later, it is usually to close my computer, turn the light off and put my earplugs in. With my plugs, I cannot hear my hedgehog running on his wheel, the cars outside or the vibration of my phone. If I do wake up, I check my phone to see how much longer I have to sleep. I think this article forgot about the lazy/smart people who want their sleep time to be sleep time and last as long as possible. I have my alarm on my phone as well and my phone lies besides my head, face down, when I am sleeping. However, it does not become a distraction for me because I just want to sleep. I don’t think we should necessary stop having “gadgets” in our rooms, but we should use them smarter. If you have a real problem with checking your phone and staying up at night then put your phone on the other side of the room. Some people need to fall asleep to music so we turn the Wifi, if your music device has it, off. There are always simple solutions that can be better than quitting cold turkey.

  17. hill59
    hill59 May 1, 2014 at 12:34 pm |

    The main point of this article is that using your smartphone right before or even in the middle of sleeping disrupts your rest and leads to insomnia. Multiple studies have been conducted that show this developing trend. Multiple factors are responsible for this. Reading tweets and emails can be stressful while the blue tint of the screen can trigger “threat vigilance”, both keeping us awake.

    As an avid user of this technology, with over fifty alarms set in my phone, I don’t seem to experience any of these problems. This article overlooks how powerful our devices are. With the advent of apples “do not disturb” feature, one can sleep soundly through the night no matter how many tweets, emails or calls they receive.

    In addition to this, users can also use their smartphone to their advantage by using apps such as Sleep Cycle (http://www.sleepcycle.com/). Before falling asleep, the user sets a window of time when they want to be woken up. When the app determines you are most awake, it will start to sound the alarm. This is one of the best ways to wake up in the morning, as unlike traditional alarms, it will not sound while you are deep within your sleep cycle, causing that groggy feeling.

    To counter the blue hue of screens, I have downloaded f.lux (https://justgetflux.com/), a jailbreak tweak that controls the color temperature of your iDevice depending on the time of the day. In the evening, my screen slowly transitions from daylight to a warmer temperature, one that will not cause “threat vigilance”. The temperature of the screen matches that of an incandescent light bulb.

    I have decided to use smartphone technology to aid with my sleep, and I’m confident that this article fails to credit the many users who have also done as I have. This article seems to just be another anti-technology piece that showcases the negative aspects of a certain technology without also showing the obvious solution.

  18. EmmiSauls
    EmmiSauls May 1, 2014 at 10:19 pm |

    Nick Bilton’s article addresses the problems behind electronics use before bed. I can personally relate to this article as I spend several hours on my phone before falling asleep, and never wake up feeling fully rested.

    It only takes one tweet, or Facebook post, or news alert to send the mind racing and the National Institutes of Health support this claim with their Sleep Disorders Research. As many as 40% of Americans suffer from insomnia, and the University of California’s Sleep Disorders Center also recognizes that once you pick up your phone, your levels of anxiety and frustration skyrocket.

    This habit of bringing our electronic devices with us wherever we go has truly brought on a chain of negative outcomes. The convenience is wonderful– who wouldn’t want to wake up to their favorite ringtone/song? But to what cost are we paying for this accessibility?

    After all, this habit is interrupting our day jobs and even reducing our productivity and pay! After reading this article and looking into the statistics behind this research, I came up with a concluding question. If someone were to offer you $2,280 a year to leave your phone in the other room at night, would you? Or would late night, dragging days, and possible sleep disorders outweigh that chunk of change?

    And let’s be real, you’re going to snooze your phone’s alarm, on average, 3 times before getting up. Spending $10 or less on a simple clock will ultimately be the better option. I agree with this article, as I have grown up in a household that leaves phones downstairs for this exact reason!

  19. signores7
    signores7 May 2, 2014 at 11:43 am |

    I really liked this article because it was extremely relevant for the current generation. My friends and I frequently talk about how teenagers and young adults are attached to their phones 24-7. It has become a norm in our society to always be connected via one device or another. This article addressed smartphones and how they can affect sleeping patterns. It really caught my attention because more times than not, I fall victim to being waken up in the middle of the night due to a phone alert. This again stems back to society’s need to have a constant connection to the internet and others.

    The article stated that that it was found in a 2011 study than insomnia has been the cause of unproductivity and has caused companies to lose over $2,000 per American worker that is over 60 billion a year. It is advised that people revert back to the traditional alarm clock and turn off the smartphones for the night. The blue light given off by the screen set off brain receptors that keep users awake.
    These sleep issues are not only a factor for adults. Kids these days are getting phones at such early ages, making getting children to sleep a complicated process. Many parents are stern with taking phones away past a certain hour to be sure that kids are able to fall asleep with no distractions. The worst part it, it’s not only phones. So many devices are readily available to the public, tablets, laptops, ipods, phones, etc. If you want to be sure you’re going to sleep through the night, stay away from the devices and clear your head.

    source:http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/02/09/for-a-restful-night-make-your-smartphone-sleep-on-the-couch/?smid=pl-share

  20. paintyourwindows
    paintyourwindows May 4, 2014 at 11:28 pm |

    I find this article very interesting, the article begins to talk about how it is best to not have your phone in your room when you go to bed. The article states “If you wake up in the middle of the night and check your phone, you will inevitably get frustrated and worried by something you’ve seen, leading your body to tense up.” When someone sees something on their phone in them middle of the night they are impulsed to check other things and if one of those things they see upsets them then they see it and that can lead to not being able to sleep.

    The article also states other effects of having your phone in your room. After the loss of sleep “the american academy of sleep medicine found that insomnia costs 2,280$ in lost productivity per American worker every year. That adds up to $63 billion a year for the nation.” after reading this I don’t think people realize how much sleep really effects how other people work and with so many people have smartphones and how many people keep their phones in their rooms.

    There is even discussion that looking at a blue light which smartphones and tablet screens produce makes the brain stay awake and also interferes with sleep patterns. Its amazing how much we don’t know of things that can keep us up and disturb our life patterns.

    After reading this I need to really change how I look at my phone, I always sleep with my phone next to me and I never knew all of these problems that can come from keeping your phone next to you.

    http://alycevayleauthor.com/tag/reasons-why-smartphones-are-bad/

    This other article reminds me of this one, it discusses why smartphones are bad from lowering everyone’s attention spans, feeding people’s addictions, even to making people not pay attention to where they are going and can be struck as a pedestrian. It is an interesting concept that pairs well with this other article.

  21. ballard3
    ballard3 November 24, 2014 at 12:19 am |

    The title of this article immediately grabbed my attention because I can relate to it. I sleep with my phone charging on my night stand every night. I am also guilty of falling asleep while on my phone and waking up at some point to a dead phone under my knee. The article stresses the negative effects blue light has on the body but isn’t blue light inevitable in our world? As a DMA major, I spend the majority of my day staring at a computer screen. I am not trying to say it does good, but I am asking why cell phones are getting all of the attention and blame for sleep problems and not every other screen we look at. I do agree that if I do check the time and see a text or alert, I immediately glance at it and put it down and I never thought about how that quick glance turns on my brain and hyperactive mind, thus inhibiting my sleep.
    When Nick Bilton brought up the convenience aspect of making your phone your alarm, I absolutely agreed but alarm clocks are convenient as well and I believe that our connection, or addiction if you will, stems from todays social expectations. Because I do own a cell phone, I feel pressure to be reachable at all times to friends, family etc. In fact they would most likely expect it to be a direct line of communication to me. On my part, I consider it a safety blanket. With my phone nearby I am comforted by knowing that I have a source of communication to the outside world in case of emergency and vise versa.

    I was very surprised that he did not bring up radiation. In 2011 the World Health Organization released a study showing that many cell phones give off the same electromagnetic radiation given off by x-rays and microwaves.
    Cancer is certainly not something to dismiss but at this point, I have to take studies like this with a grain of salt because there is so much unknown.

    Bilton does make some good points and although he did not persuade me to run to Target and buy an alarm clock, he certainly reminded me of the impact of my actions. Balance is key.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Health/reasons-sleep-phone-bed/story?id=24839804#3

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