Unplug And Switch Off
FFT loves nothing more than spending our lonely nights tucked up in bed, spooning a football while watching goal compilations on DVD. But our quality time beneath a Damien Mori doona could be coming to an end, as a new report reveals that technology might be damaging our sleep. Researchers at King’s College in London and Cardiff University in the Welsh capital analysed 11 studies, involving more than 125,000 people, to determine if electronic devices affect our rest. They discovered that if you use a smartphone or tablet before hitting the sack, or even watch a bit of television, it doubled the risk of you having a bad night’s kip – which is the last thing that we want before a match. And, more worryingly for FFT, the odds remained exactly the same even if the devices were in the bedroom and switched off. “Our findings are further proof of the detrimental affect media devices have on sleep duration, as well as quality of sleep,” said Dr Ben Carter of King’s College. Fine, we’ll stop watching our DVDs. But no one’s going to stop us from playing a quick game of Subbuteo before lights out, OK?