One in three work on laptops and iPads in bed

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 26, 2012 06:50 hrs

Growing number of people are checking their work emails and browsing the internet without dragging themselves out from under the covers, it has been revealed.

The trend has spawned demand for gadgets that make plugging away from our pillow even more comfortable, from stands and cushions to beds with power sockets.

A survey of 1,000 people by Infosecurity Europe found 35 percent of people or their spouses worked in bed.

Astonishingly 5 percent of those who admitted they worked in bed claimed they did so for an average two hours a day.

"I check and send emails before I go to sleep and when I wake up in the morning," the Daily Mail quoted Tim Howard, who was surveyed, as saying.

"I try not to spend too much time on it, but when you work with people all around the world it is difficult to avoid," he said.

The trend seems to have begun in the United States where a survey in New York found eight out of ten young professionals regularly work from their bed.

But Paula Hall, a relationship counsellor from Relate, believes the intrusion of work into the bedroom can be harmful.

"It encroaches on couple time," Hall said.

"You spend less together although you are in the same physical space and it can get in the way of intimacy.

"Couples need to establish where the boundaries for work are going to be before it becomes a problem. And some people need a bit of self-honesty.

"They should ask themselves whether they are doing this because they prefer it to spending time with their partner," she said.

Additionally, research has shown that exposure to electronic devices with self-luminous displays such as from a laptop or iPad causes suppression of melatonin - a hormone that regulates the body's sleep and wake cycles. (ANI)

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