Survey Highlights Harmful Trend of Working in Bed Using Laptops and Tablets

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26th November 2012 15:30 - Information Technology

 

Research into the current technology use of Britons has found that people are increasingly working on their laptops or tablets in bed, with harmful results.

The survey questioned 1,000 people in the UK and discovered that as 35% of the respondents admitted that they or their spouse work on their devices in bed, with an increasing number also regularly checking emails and browsing the Internet while under the covers.

Around 5% of the surveyants even admitted to work in bed for an average of two hours per day. It is thought that this trend arose in the US, where a recent study of New Yorkers discovered that eight out of ten young professionals regularly work from their bed at night.

These findings are concerning health professionals – not only does it encroach on ‘couple time’ they say, but working in bed also encourages musculoskeletal disorders from lack of good posture.

Furthermore, research has shown that exposure to electronic devices with self-luminous displays such laptops or tablets can cause the suppression of the hormone melatonin, which regulates the body's sleep and wake cycles so that people can switch off and go to sleep at night. 

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