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Do you catch up on Facebook or check your e-mail right before going to bed? You are not alone…

A study released on Monday indicated that people in the United States are losing sleep over their late night television watching and social media activities. You can read more about the National Sleep Foundation study here.

According to the study, 95% of us play video games, watch television or use smartphones or laptop computers right before going to bed.

Spending that last hour before bed staring at the light from your monitor or smartphone makes getting to sleep more difficult because the light supresses the release of sleep-producing melatonin and makes you more alert.

According to the study, 43 percent of people ages 13 to 64 felt they rarely or never got a decent night’s sleep during the work week.

Cutting back on gadget use an hour before bedtime will help you relax and get  a better night’s sleep.

Stay tuned for more tips tomorrow on how to create a bedroom environment conducive to sleep (yes, kicking the computer out of the bedroom is a good start…)

In honor of Sleep Awareness week, I am offering free sleep screenings on Friday, March 11.  Fill out the form on the right side of this page to schedule your appointment.