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.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.