The Real Reason Your Sleeping Pattern Sucks

Hint: It's not just your phone that's keeping you awake at night.

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We’re always being told that snoozing with our smart phone is the main reason that we struggle to get a decent night’s sleep, (#GuiltyAsCharged), but according to new research, while your night time Twitter habit certainly plays a part in your ability to catch some zeds, it’s far from being the only culprit.

Research group KJT Phillips carried out a study of over eight thousand participants, who were monitored for sleep times, awake times, routines during the day and sleep environments to determine what affected their sleep quality. The results? Sixty seven per cent of respondents attributed their lack of sleep to their tech habits, while twenty eight per cent said that work stress and money worries were keeping them up at night. Yep, so that looming deadline or maxed out card really is affecting your sleep time.

Here are a few tips to help you nod off a little easier.

  • Wind down before bed. We recommend a hot bath and a read of your favourite book.
  • Have a sleep schedule. Get up and go to bed at the same time every day.
  • Take some light exercise. A brisk walk will help you drift off.