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Brits go to bed at 10.45pm and still don't get enough sleep

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Still checking Facebook while you're in bed? Sending one last tweet before you snooze? Replying to emails right up until you fall asleep? Well, you no longer need to feel guilty at the amount of time you're spending on your smartphone or tablet in bed, as you're not alone.

According to a new national survey, the average Brit goes to bed at 10.45pm but only gets around six and a half hours sleep - way off the recommended amount of eight hours per night.

A recent survey has revealed that our dependence on our smartphones, tablets and checking Facebook, is preventing us from falling asleep, with 50% admitting the last thing they do before they fall asleep is look at a screen.

Apparently the reason why we’re not shutting off is because we all want to know what’s going on with friends on social media.

Other activities that disturb a night’s sleep include trips to the toilet, with 54% saying that this interrupts their night time, and a partner’s snoring.

A third of those polled also said that being too hot or too cold could also ruin a good night’s sleep, with many saying they don’t change the tog on their duvet.

However, there are those, a quarter to be exact, who also say that anxiety is a big factor in keeping them awake.

In the study compiled The Fine Bedding Company, of which 2,000 were polled, 56% admitted that they don’t feel satisfied with the amount of sleep they’re getting. But of those asked, 81% said that sleeping is more important that food, holiday, wealth and catching up with friends.

In a different report, carried out by Facebook and IDC, examining when Facebook is used, 30% of respondents checked their Facebook newsfeed while getting ready for bed and lying in bed before falling asleep.

Though weeknights sees UK homes turn out the lights reasonably early, 10 householders claim they would be more productive at work if their boss allowed them to have a brief nap during the working day.

However, those who don't get enough sleep are in danger of risking their health, and we don't just mean a couple of dark lines and bags under the eyes.

In an infographic by The Huffington Post, extreme lack of sleep was revealed as increasing a person's chances of developing cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, as well as increasing the chances of someone having a stroke.

(Images: Rex Features)

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