Spending a lot of time fixatingon data from smartphones is the new normal, especially in thebusiness world. And it may be robbing millions of smart phone usersof untold hours of sound sleep.

A team of researchers from the University of Florida, MichiganState University and the University of Washington surveyed 82 mid-to high-level managers to gauge the affects of their constantexposure to smartphones on their sleep.

Following up on this, the same academics tested their hypothesison 161 employees from a variety of industries. What they found wasthat people who kept their smartphones next to them during thenight didn't sleep very well and that lack of sleep may have madethem less effective at work the next day.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.