There's a growing faction that propose keeping your cell phone off and out of reach in the bedroom. For many it's a requirement to be near a phone (doctors on call come to mind). For others their phone serve as their only/reliable alarm clock. The Pew Research Center reports that 84% of teens and 65% of adults 18 and older slept with their cell phone on or right next to their bed.
The National Sleep Foundation has similar findings, reporting that 39% of Americans bring their cellphones into the bedroom (72% 13-18 years old, 67% 19-29 years old). They continue to report that in the hour before trying to go to sleep, 21% send text messages (skewed heavily towards teens) and 61% use a computer or laptop - with a whopping 36% of them in the bedroom. The report gives some grim statistics on consequences of losing sleep due to technology.
It's amusing that the impetus for me to stop wasting precious sleep time is when my arm starts to get really tired from holding up the phone. While it's amazing how much tech is sandwiched into a 5-ounce smart phone, it still tires me out holding my phone up as I lay in bed. Crazy ideas of arm mounts in bed are quickly shot down by the significant other.
How do Unplggd readers deal with phones, laptops, and tablets in the bedroom? Is tech in the bedroom a strict no-no or part of your bedtime routine?