Interesting topic on the radio over the past couple of days.
It would appear that many people are not getting enough sleep, or are only napping due to anxiety or their subconsciousness.
Because they take their mobile phone into the bedroom.
Not all those many years ago, it was popular to have an extension in the kitchen and the bedroom.
I know we did. Mainly because the master telephone inlet socket was in the kitchen, which was at the opposite end of the house (seems we have a thing about that ) .
Hubby got up in the roof and put extensions into the lounge and our bedroom. I suppose we were classed as posh then, being a three phone family.
Less than a year later, the phone in the bedroom was disconnected, and it was nothing to do with sleep patterns.
Some idiot got our number and was calling us in the middle of the night, then putting the phone down without saying anything. After 3 calls in quick succession in the early hours (and thanks to the introduction of last caller number ID) , I turned the tables.
When a sleepy voice answered, all I said was that someone in their household was calling us at unearthly hours and would they please put a stop to it. Bang. Phone down, call ended.
He couldn’t do the same to me because I had put the preventative last number code in before I dialled.
Now with modern technology, the mobile phone has a lot to answer for (excuse pun) .
It is not only a phone. It is an electronic diary and database. It is a computer. It’s a camera and video recorder. It has internet connections. It sends messages. It is a TV and movie player. It plays music.
But for bedroom purposes (they say) it’s an alarm clock.
(I am not going to mention about putting it on vibrate and as far as I know it doesn’t make tea yet.)
They are saying that people are on tenterhooks knowing the mobile phone might go off. They are also saying that the glowing screen is keeping people awake. Yeah, right.
My digital clock radio has a bright display (some even have a dimmer button, duh) which is useful if I have to get up in the night for her ladyship. If it’s too much, I PUT A BOOK IN FRONT OF IT!
When I was in NZ in 2010, Hubby took his mobile into the bedroom just in case. On the other side of the world I was forever sending him text messages about things I wanted to share but kept forgetting the time difference .
These days the only reason the phones are in our bedroom (other than emergencies) is when they are charging, and that’s purely for convenience. Hubby’s phone blips when fully charged, so we don’t forget they’re on.
Now, mobiles in bedrooms have been around for years.
So all I have to say if your mobile phone is interrupting your sleep is
TURN THE BLOODY THING OFF!