Can't sleep? Blame your computer, cell phone

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    Not getting enough sleep these days? You may have to blame your computer or your cell phone.

    The National Sleep Foundation on Monday released the results of a poll showing that many people aren't getting a good night's sleep. The survey found that 43% of Americans say they rarely or never get a good night's sleep during the week. A full 60% say they experience a sleep problem, such as waking too early, snoring or feeling unrefreshed, every night.

    While part of the problem is busy lives, crying babies and jobs that require attention around the clock, another is electronics, the foundation said.

    "This study, which polled 1,508 Americans between 13 and 64, reveals that light-emitting screens are in heavy use within the pivotal hour before sleep," said Dr. Charles Czeisler, a professor at Harvard Medical School and chief of the Division of Sleep Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, in a statement. "Invasion of such alerting technologies into the bedroom may contribute to the high proportion of respondents who reported that they routinely get less sleep than they need."

    Forget reading before bed. Most Americans admit to using electronics - ranging from the radio to television, computers and cell phones - in the hour or so before they hit the sack. The survey found that 95% of Americans use some type of electronics at least a few nights a week within the hour before bed.

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