Monday, March 07, 2011

Study: Too Much Technology Has Destroyed Our Ability To Sleep

What? Technology is bad for your ability to sleep? Say it ain't so!

I'd love to be able to blame my sleep apnea on technology, but technology is what makes it so I CAN sleep! But I understand where they're coming from here. The bright lights from backlit LCD screens can mess with your body clock, making you think it's daytime, not night time, so you wake up.

I do have to argue with one point here, though; the bedroom isn't ONLY for sleeping. (where else would you hide from the kids, right?)

Study: Too Much Technology Has Destroyed Our Ability To Sleep: "

It would appear that our increased reliance on technology has destroyed our ability to have a good night’s sleep. So says the 2011 Sleep in America poll, which was conducted by the the National Sleep Foundation. Something tells me they would be the guys to go to for all your sleep data needs. The study shows that 95 percent of Americans use a communication device (computer, phone, etc.) in the hour before bedtime, which absolutely wrecks your body’s clock, as it were, thereby preventing you from having a decent night’s sleep.

The study’s primary conclusion is that Americans don’t get enough sleep overall, and that the sleep they do get is largely rubbish. Waking up several times throughout the night, waking up too early, snoring like a truck, etc.

As Ric Flair once asked, what’s causing all this? Blame technology. As mentioned, fully 95 percent of Americans use a communications device in the hour before going to bed. That’s a critical hour, too, since ideally you’d be winding down before going to bed. Texting your friends, trolling Facebook, reading Charlie Sheen tweets, etc. All of this mental stimulation essentially keeps your brain awake, and prevents the release of a certain hormone that tells your body, “Hey it’s time to go to bed. Get tired.”

Watching Netflix on your iPad may be handy, but it’s not necessarily healthy.

What should you do? If you can, make sure your bedroom is only for sleep. Don’t have an entertainment system in there, and don’t play Angry Birds while in bed. Only go to your bedroom to sleep. And in the hour before going to bed, try to wind down. Turn off the TV, turn down the lights, maybe at most do some light reading (these books would be a great start).

Failing that, you’ll have to put up with rubbish sleep, and not a lot of it.


Only 0.3% of the Earth’s Inhabitants Own A Tablet

It's always fun to be part of an elite crowd. Sometimes it's not good to be on the bleeding edge of technology, though. I would say I have moved away from the bleeding edge (where I was last year when I got my Augen Gentouch 78) to simply leading edge with my Samsung Galaxy Tab from Verizon Wireless.

Get yourself a tablet; join the elites. There's lots of room for growth!

Only 0.3% of the Earth’s Inhabitants Own A Tablet: "

With the overwhelming amount of Tablets announced mid to late 2010 up until now, one would think that there would be quite an amount of them circulating the globe. However, an inductive study by Mike Abramsky, an RBC analyst, shows that the market for tablet ownership is still quite large and promising. According to the chart, 99.7% of people in the world still do not own a tablet of any kind, as of the end of 2010. What the heck is that about? And how in the world do we get an Android tablet in the hands of these 99.7% unaware and depraved individuals? We’ll be working on that one folks.

Abramsky’s chart points to a small smartphone and tablet user base of 394 million worldwide as opposed to other markets like TV subscription, total PC’s and mobile subscribers

According to the Business Insider:

Abramsky predicts more than 400 million tablet users worldwide by 2014, including 185 million tablets sold in 2014. But he thinks Google Android, not Apple, will come to lead the market, representing 40% of the 2014 tablet market, versus 34% for Apple, 13% for Microsoft, 8% for BlackBerry, and 5% for HP WebOS

Until we can find a way to resolve this horrific issue, if you know of anyone who is not rocking an Android tablet of some sort, be sure to point them in the direction of Talk Android, where we’ll do our best to persuade them as to why they ‘need” the functionality of one. Are you content with just a smartphone? Or should one compliment their smartphone with a tablet? We’ll let you be the judge of that. Let us know what your thoughts are in the comments below.

Only 0.3% of the Earth’s Inhabitants Own A Tablet