The Mirror reports that young people under the age of 25 in the UK are getting less sleep because of social media.

Facebook is bad for your health, new research on young Brits’ sleeping habits reveals.

Under-25s are so scared of missing out on news of what their friends and family are up to that they lose the equivalent of 18 nights sleep a year.

Social media researchers also discovered the average length of a night’s sleep is now six hours and 38 minutes, compared to seven hours and four minutes in 2004 – the year when people starting using Facebook.

Over a third of under-25s are said to suffer anxiety due to believing they have missed out on something important while sleeping.

The condition is so widespread it has an acronym FOMO, which stands for Fear of Missing Out.

The statistics released today by Vodafone reveal the average under-25-year-old spends 74 minutes on social media before finally nodding off.

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