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Insomniacs Commonly Watch Online TV, Multitask With Technology: Survey

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Got insomnia? Chances are you also avidly watch TV online and tune in while doing other things, like using your computer.

The targeting company Resonate has just released the results of a survey of more than 4,500 people, 694 of whom called themselves insomniacs, Clickz reported. People with insomnia were also more likely to be divorced, women, un- or self-employed, and between the ages of 35 and 54.

Resonate researchers found that people with insomnia had a 30 percent increased risk of spending 40+ hours online each week. They also found that insomniacs were 34 percent more likely to watch TV on a computer than people without the sleep condition, 31 percent more likely to watch on a tablet, and 24 percent more likely to watch on their phone, according to Resonate.

People with insomnia were also more likely to split their time between tasks -- they were 13 percent more likely to be on their phones while watching TV, 23 percent more likely to be on their tablets while watching TV and 10 percent more likely to be on their computers while watching TV, Resonate reported.

Recently, a study from University of Gothenburg researchers showed that heavy phone and computer use is linked with sleep disturbances. Plus, people who are always reaching for their phones -- called "constant accessibility" -- had more stress and symptoms of depression because of it, not to mention sleeping problems for men.

So, the message is -- if you're having trouble sleeping, you might want to take it as a sign to unplug.

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