Every once in a while I get a comment like this one from my friend Bruce Sallan, “Do you ever sleep, Peg?” Of course I do! But this got me thinking about sleep habits and social media. Has social media consumption affected our sleep patterns and the number of hours that social media enthusiasts are sleeping?
From an online article by Laura Blue for Time Health: “Studies show that people who sleep between 6.5 hr. and 7.5 hr. a night, as they report, live the longest. And people who sleep 8 hr. or more, or less than 6.5 hr., they don't live quite as long. There is just as much risk associated with sleeping too long as with sleeping too short. The big surprise is that long sleep seems to start at 8 hr. Sleeping 8.5 hr. might really be a little worse than sleeping 5 hr.”
For me, I go to bed around 11 or 11:30 and I am up at 5:30ish every morning so my total sleep per night is 6- 6.5 hours per night. Granted sometimes I stay up a little later, but I am always up at the same time. I don't require a lot of sleep and I am a morning person – I like to say that I am “naturally caffeinated” because I am ready to go when I wake up in the morning. So, I would say that since I have been more involved in social media, my sleep patterns have not changed too much. I think I stay up a little bit later however I watch much less television. I check my iPad right when I wake to up to see what had been going on but nothing too drastic. For me the best part of waking up isn't Folgers in my cup but checking what happened while I was sleeping.
From Diana Adams in her post: “There is one Twitter addict habit, which I have, that I didn’t realize until recently that many other people have too… Here is my confession – I sleep with my phone under my pillow every night. Not only that, I almost never sleep an entire night through without waking up and checking my tweets, my replies and my DMs at least two or three times. Sometimes I even wake up, tweet for an hour or so, and then go back to sleep.”
Diana isn't alone! Per Retrevo, which surveyed 1,000 online individuals “our Facebook and Twitter activities continue even after we’ve hit the hay, with 48% of respondents checking in on activity when they wake up in the middle of the night or as soon as they wake up in the morning.” I will admit to these behaviors, you? Our instant gratification communication social media society is changing our behaviors for better or worse.
I asked a few friends about their sleep habits and if they thought social media has affected their sleep.
I try to sleep at least 7 hours a nite. In the beginning I would stay up and tweet but now I know it will affect me the next day too much, so I make myself get offline.
“Well, what I can say is I have enough of sleep, roughly 6-8 hours despite spending tons of time on social media since social media is my work and I love engaging with people! 🙂
Social media doesn't affect my sleep. (It's part of me now) I do read my feed and DM's before I go to bed, I don't wake up in the middle of the night to check it though. I think people who love social media like you and I make it work.”
“How long I sleep a night depends on variables:
When I eat super healthy, I need less sleep: 7 hours
When I exercise intensely, I need more sleep: 8 hours
When I'm recuperating or between projects, I take advantage of it! 9 hours
Social media activities do not appear to impact my sleep schedule: In the day, I interact on onlin social channels in between projects, tasks, and productivity bursts. 5-minute check-ins have replaced the “water-cooler break” of yesteryear. In the night, social media is done while relaxing, usually while the television is on in the background. (Of course, if you're a professional online Community Manager or Digital Marketing Consultant or Professional Blogger, then you will be spending more time on the channels as part of your work, which is how it should be.)”
“On average I get 4.5 to 5 hours of sleep per night and I can honestly say my lack of sleep is not impacted by social media, I have been sleep deprived long before social media. I blame my lack of sleep on the inability to shut my brain down, I tend to think endlessly…which is good and bad.”
Love to hear about your sleep habits? Are you a night owl? Getting enough or too much sleep? Share with me….
A few sources to site:
How Much Sleep Do You Really Need? by Laura Blue for Time Health
Social Media Usage Stats via Mashable