Josh Cuthbert on Social Media, Sleep and FOMO
This National Bed Month, Silentnight research
delved into the relationship between different social media
platforms and the quality of sleep, revealing Snapchat users to be
the most sleep deprived of all social media users.
We caught up with Josh Cuthbert, from boy band
Union J, on his use of social media and how it affects his
"I am guilty of using social media too much.
It's the first thing that I look at when I wake up and it's the
last thing I look at when I go to sleep", he revealed. Despite his
avid use of social media, Josh and his wife-to-be British fashion
model Chloe Lloyd have one firm social media rule - no phones in
Josh explained that his use of social media platforms such as
Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter has grown since his appearance on
the X Factor in 2012. "I'm definitely on it a lot more than I would
be, I'm now addicted and I think a lot of people are."
Silentnight's research revealed that 50 per cent
of Instagram users are guilty of waking up in the middle of the
night and checking their feed - and Josh admits he's one of
"The thing is you check your phone for the time and then think
'it's only four o'clock in the morning, I've still got five hours
worth of sleep left' so I might as well have a quick look. You put
your passcode in and then you're an hour into looking at Justin
Bieber's latest pictures." he explains.
Silentnight's sleep expert Dr Nerina Ramlakhan
explained: "Social networks are definitely causing a heightened
feeling of FOMO (fear of missing out), particularly with the
younger generation who are so used to seeing their social lives
played out online and often rely on validation from likes and
It's proven that the blue light from phones and
tablets wakes up the brain making it difficult to wind down and
fall asleep. So punctuating the night with social media checks is a
recipe for disaster if you want to sleep well."
Josh explained how a lack of sleep has an impact
on his daily life: "I get grumpy if I don't get enough
"You're not as on the ball. I notice it when I'm
driving. When I haven't had enough sleep as I should have done, you
notice you're a bit slower in general."