Poll Topic for 2011 Sleep in America Poll

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Monday, January 31, 2011


Contact: Jennifer Cowher Williams
National Sleep Foundation
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Email: jwilliams@sleepfoundation.org
New National Sleep Foundation Poll Examines the Effects of Communications Technology on Sleep

National Sleep Foundation to Release Poll Results
During National Sleep Awareness Week® March 7-13, 2011


WASHINGTON,DC, January 31, 2011 - The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) is pleased to announce that "Sleep and Communications Technology Use" will be the topic of its 2011 Sleep in America ™ poll. NSF will release the poll results on March 7, 2011 to kick-off National Sleep Awareness Week ®. An embargoed press release will be available on February 28, 2011.

This will be the first Sleep in America ™ poll dedicated to exploring communications technology use in 13-64 year olds within the hour before going to sleep. It will compare texting, computer, television, phone and video game habits of generation Z, millennials, generation-Xers and baby boomers, and will examine the following questions:

  • Does communications technology use at bedtime affect sleep, and how do different age groups compare?
  • Do sleep habits, including wake and bed time routines, vary by age?
  • How frequent is napping and caffeine use in teens and adults?
  • How many people say they are driving drowsy, and is there a connection with their bedtime habits or electronics use at night?

"This year's poll will provide compelling insights into how bedtime use of communications technology may be affecting our sleep," says Thomas J. Balkin, PhD, Chairman of the National Sleep Foundation. "It's an interesting topic that will undoubtedly prompt future research by scientists, and generate talk around the kitchen table.

The National Sleep Foundation's annual Sleep in America ™ poll is one of the most popular health stories each year. The poll routinely generates in excess of 500 stories. The NSF's library of information on sleep and its world-renowned sleep experts, regional sleep centers and patients are available to help journalists develop stories to meet their needs.

The National Sleep Foundation first released an annual Sleep in America ™ poll in 1991 and each year uses the Poll to