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Technology keeping us from getting a good night's rest


WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Let's face it, it's not easy to get rolling on Monday mornings and technology could be to blame.  A new National Sleep Foundation poll finds almost two-thirds of U.S. adults say they aren't getting enough sleep.  They get less than 7 hours on the average week night.

Why? Almost everyone in the survey said they often used some kind of electronic device in the hour before bedtime, like a t-v, computer, video game or cell phone.

Experts say our brains simply aren't ready for sleep when our heads hit the pillow.

"The light exposure is physiologically changing us so that we're more alert and less likely to even want to go to bed," Dr. Charles Czeisler with Brigham and Women's Hospital said.

More than half of the teenagers polled said they spend that hour before bedtime texting, and some are woken up in the middle of the night by text message alerts.

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