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New study shows it’s time to wake up to ‘social jet-lag’ wearing Aussies down

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New research has found many Australians are experiencing “social jet-lag” related to inconsistent sleeping patterns and using smartphones before bedtime.

The study from the University of Adelaide, found thirty per cent of people either slept too late, or wake up feeling tired when transitioning back to work after the weekend.

It also found many of the people experiencing grogginess, a lack of sharpness or sleeping difficulties had used their phones or tablets in the hour before bed.

Sleep specialist Professor Robert Adams said we should be winding down before sleep.

“There’s a lot of blue light coming out from your phones and tablets, that sort of light seems to wake you up or cause disruption to your sleep rather than your TV,” he said.

“The fact you are doing work before you go to bed these days is almost inevitable but probably not really good for our heath and certainly not really good for our productivity either.”

He said social jet-lag can make you feel groggy and unfocused.

Click PLAY to hear more from Professor Robert Adams, Director of the Health Observatory School of Medicine at the University of Adelaide

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