The increasingly busy lives of Brits and the growing
popularity of smartphones has led to people spending more time text
messaging than ever before, but this could be having an unwanted
impact on people's sleep.

According to research carried out as part of Ofcom's annual
Communications Market Report, the average Brit now send more than
200 text messages per month - more than double the amount reported
four years ago - and this 'always available' mentality could be
disrupting people's sleeping habits.

James Thickett, Ofcom's director of research, told the
Independent: "Talking face to face or on the phone are no longer
the most common ways for us to interact with each other.

"In their place, new forms of communications are emerging which
don't require us to talk to each other - especially among younger
age groups.

"This trend is set to continue as technology advances and we move
further into the digital age."

However, the notion that people can be contacted much more easily
any time of day has meant people are now finding it more difficult
to wind down before bed.

Therefore, those hoping to achieve a good night's sleep on a more
regular basis should develop a positive wind-down routine, which
includes turning off their phone in order to ensure they create a
quiet and relaxing haven from the daily stresses of life.

According to Dr Laura Davies, a psychiatrist at the California
Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, those hoping to ensure
they achieve a positive night's rest can employ a number of other
methods to boost the quality of their sleep.

She recently told the San Francisco Chronicle that individuals
should avoid drinking alcohol if they want to have a good night's
rest, as although drinking can make people drowsy, the quality of
sleep they achieve after consuming alcohol is often worse than when
sleeping naturally.

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