Yorkshire natives spend more time on digital screens than sleeping and socialising combined

Ocushield research shows that people from Yorkshire spend 9 hours, 20 mins per day on digital screens compared to 7 hours, 52 minutes sleeping and socialising

80% also admit they don’t avoid digital screens before bed

National Eye Health Week – Ocushield has revealed research showing that the average person from Yorkshire spends more time each day on digital screens (9 hours, 20 mins) than sleeping and socialising (7 hours, 52 minutes).

2,002 British adults took part in the survey, which went on to also show that 80% of people from Yorkshire don’t avoid spending time in front of a screen before bed.

Ocushield founder and Optometrist Dhruvin Patel comments: “It’s concerning to see that people are spending so much time in front of digital screens, as excessive screen usage can disrupt sleeping patterns as well as our wider health through exposure to blue light, a high-energy light emitted by all digital devices.

Blue light stimulates the brain and eyes and suppresses the production of melatonin – a hormone we produce to naturally regulate our sleep cycles. Eye strain, headaches, dry eyes and blurry vision are also common side-effects from too much screen time.

Many people struggle to avoid it due to their work, but it’s particularly important that people at least try and stay away from blue light before bed to prevent disruption to sleeping patterns. We know it’s sometimes easier said than done, which is why we created Ocushield. We’re committed to helping people cut this exposure down and spreading awareness of this problem.”

Ocushield is the only blue light screen protector registered as a medical device in the UK and has been used by the Wales Rugby International Team and West Ham United FC to help their players sleep better so they perform better on game day.

For more information visit www.ocushield.com.

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