Midnight mishaps may be caused by technology

  • A substantial number of British adults admitted that they have had an accident when they get up during the night.

    A survey of 1,000 UK adults carried out by lighting supplier LED Hut found that 56% of Brits claim to regularly get up during the night, with more than 1 in 3 (36%) confessing to hurting themselves in some way when doing this.

    The research further revealed the top ten accidents in the UK which are as follows;

    1. Stubbed a toe (56%)
    2. Stepping on something (48%)
    3. Walking into a door (43%)
    4. Tripping over something (35%)
    5. Trapping a hand in a door (32%)
    6. Knocked something over (24%)
    7. Scolding themselves (21%)
    8. Hitting their head (19%)
    9. Slipping on the stairs (15%)
    10. Falling out of bed (12%)

    One reason that so many people get up during the night is due to overusage of technology right before going to bed. The blue light emitted by screens on smartphones, computers, tablets and televisions suppress melatonin, the hormone that controls and regulates our sleep-wake cycle. Reducing the production of this melatonin makes it harder to fall and stay asleep.

    By keeping your mind engaged with the likes of apps on your smartphone, technology can also trick your brain into thinking it needs to stay awake. After spending an entire day surrounded by gadgets and devices, scientists suggest not keeping any of these things in your bedroom (even your phone!) and not using any technology for at least 30 minutes before going to sleep.

    However, if you are a tech addict, or have tried going cold turkey and are still waking up in the middle of the night, lighting your bedroom with a dimmable feature may be the best option for accident-prone night owls.

    Paul Garner, marketing director at LED Hut commented: “It’s unsurprising that when in complete darkness, Brits are more accident prone because they are walking around without a light source.

    “Often, we’re still half asleep and want to get the job done quickly without disturbing anyone, but clearly this is having implications on our safety. Using lighting with a dimmable feature will help you to avoid any unwanted accidents during the night if you need to get up.”

    In addition to helping prevent nightly mishaps, LED Hut are also encouraging more environmentally helpful lighting options. Over the past year, the company has replaced over 900,000 standard lights with Energy Saving LED Lights. This has resulted in total customer savings of over £3,500,000 - which has led to the reduction of over 3000 tonnes of Carbon Emissions.

    Earlier in 2019, plans were also revealed to roll out white LED streetlamps to increase safety and energy efficiency.

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