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The more you text, the less sleep you get, study shows 

Oct. 15, 2013 at 2:02 PM ET

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Everyone loves to get a "goodnight" text, but sending too many messages before bedtime may cut into your sleep quality: Sending and receiving too many text messages can lead to poor sleep, according to a new study published in the journal Psychology of Popular Media Culture.

For the study, 83 college students answered an online survey about their sleep quality, as well as the average number of text messages they send and receive on any given day. Sure enough, researchers found that the more people text, the less sleep they get.

More: How to Get the Best Sleep of Your Life

Why? Study authors say that, since people often sleep too close to their phones, the buzzing or ringing of late-night messages might knock them out of their slumber. Plus, it doesn't help that people may feel pressured to respond immediately to messages -- even if they come in the middle of the night.

If you want some quality shuteye, try this easy fix: Turn your phone on silent (not vibrate) or "Do Not Disturb." And since the study points out that a phone's backlight can also be an issue, make sure to flip your phone so that the screen is facedown while you sleep. Because if you don't give your phone a rest, you won't get any, either.

More: The Danger of Leaving Your Phone on Vibrate

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