Oren Yaniv – Daily News
It’s not the monster under the bed that keeps many people up at night these days – it’s their BlackBerries and the Internet.
Technological distractions are becoming a leading source of sleeplessness, experts and a recent poll say.
Some 60% of business travelers said their hand-held devices kept them from snoozing, a global survey by Westin Hotels found.
And 56% of Americans said that our around-the-clock lifestyle hampers a decent nap.
“Ten or 15 years ago, there wasn’t much to do late at night. You either watched Jay Leno or went to sleep,” said Dr. Meir Kryger, a board member of the National Sleep Foundation. “Now there is so much to do 24 hours a day.”
Kryger warned that lack of sleep can cause irritability, problems at work and even weight gain due to hormonal changes. He suggested seeing a specialist if sleep problems persist.
“When you don’t sleep well it can be extremely distressing,” he said.