Spending a lot of time fixating on data from smartphones is the new normal, especially in the business world. And it may be robbing millions of smart phone users of untold hours of sound sleep.
A team of researchers from the University of Florida, Michigan State University and the University of Washington surveyed 82 mid- to high-level managers to gauge the affects of their constant exposure to smartphones on their sleep.
Following up on this, the same academics tested their hypothesis on 161 employees from a variety of industries. What they found was that people who kept their smartphones next to them during the night didn't sleep very well and that lack of sleep may have made them less effective at work the next day.
“Smartphones are almost perfectly designed to disrupt sleep,” said Russell Johnson, MSU assistant professor of management who was among the researchers behind the study.