Compulsive Facebook Checking Linked to Lack of Sleep

Not getting enough sleep? You’re more likely to obsessively check Facebook, according to a study by University of California, Irvine.

For a week, boffins asked 76 students to complete a sleep survey each morning and night, to gauge their mood and how difficult they found various tasks.

All of their gizmos, from their laptops to their phones, were monitored with special software which told the researchers how often each person switched between windows online, how long they spoke on the phone or texted.

And it proved that a lack of sleep will not only worsen your mood, and make you grumpier or more stressed and anxious, but you’ll spend more time scrolling through Facebook and flicking between computer screens.

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“When you get less sleep, you’re more prone to distraction,” said lead researcher Gloria Mark, a UCI Informatics professor.

“If you’re being distracted, what do you do? You go to Facebook. It’s lightweight, it’s easy, and you’re tired.”

“There have been lots of studies on how information technology affects sleep. We did the opposite: We looked at how sleep duration influences IT usage,” said Mark.

Research from Big Health shows that the average UK worker loses 8.5 days per year due to lack of sleep and that one in three Brits complain of bad concentration, low mood or being unable to get their work done as a result of losing shuteye.

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