Britain is a nation of 'Sim-Somniacs'

30/03/2013 | Sim-Somniacs

The nation's obsession with mobile phones is ruining sleep routines. Six million Brits admit they sleep with their mobile phone, a new study by Premier Inn today reveals. Research carried out by the UK's best value hotel chain , has found that one in five (20%) of the nation keep their phone in their bed, or even under their pillow, every single night, to ensure they don’t miss a single text message or email.


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Such is the nation’s obsession with their smartphone that half (50%) of the 2,000 adults questioned admit that looking at their phone is the very last thing they do in the evening, and the first thing they do when they wake.

The mobile phone has now become such a regular fixture in our bedtime routine that it takes until 10:58pm for the average Brit to relinquish their device. Worryingly, one in five adults (21%) admit to regularly waking in the morning with their smartphone still glued to their hand, and a third (32%) claim they have ditched reading books in bed in favour of browsing the internet, social networking and catching up on work emails instead.

A social media savvy 20% bid a virtual ‘goodnight’ to their friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter when tucked up in bed, with a further 8% acknowledging they are more likely to say goodnight to their online pals than their own partners that sleep by their side.

Although the nation may be smitten with their smartphones, the addiction to mobile technology appears to be having an adverse effect on love lives, with one in five (20%) Brits admitting they frequently row with their partner over how much time they spend on their phone while in bed. Almost one in three (32%) deemed using a mobile in bed anti-social.

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