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The Talker: Do you bring your phone to bed with you?

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Do you bring your cell phone with you to bed? Or maybe a tablet? For a lot of us, they're within arm's reach always -- even when we sleep or when we should be sleeping.

The latest research documented incidents of "sleep-texting," which is said to be a problem with teens. They keep the phone next to or in their bed. They fall asleep, but then when it dings with a new text, they answer it, often in gibberish because they're half-asleep.

90 percent of 18 to 29-year-olds say they sleep with their phones in, or next to, the bed.

Overall, 25 percent of people leave the volume of their phone up at bedtime and 10 percent say they're awakened by the phone at least a few times a week.

Probably not surprisingly, 65 percent of people sleeping with their gadgets say they get too little sleep.

The gadgets can affect your sleep even after you turn them off. The artificial light from some devices has been found to mess with the brain chemicals that help sleep. One study found two hours of a bright tablet screen reduced the sleep hormone melatonin by 22 percent.

Some couples will tell you phones and computers in bed are hurting their relationships. A national survey found one-third of people would rather give up sex for a week than give up their smart phone.

22 percent said, for one week, they'd give up seeing their partner altogether before they gave up the phone.

Phones in bed are becoming a whole industry. A bunch of companies sell pillows with speakers built into them to hook your phone up for music.

They're even getting the little ones into it. So-called "smart pj's" have dots on them that are actually like barcodes. Bring along the phone to bedtime, scan the pajamas, and you get a lullaby, a story, or some facts about animals.

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