Texting Linked To Sleep Deprivation In Teens
Cellphones are cutting into how much sleep teenagers get
School, homework, extra-curricular activities, a social life, when does your teenager sleep? Various studies have linked cellphone usage to teens not getting the proper amount of sleep needed. Most teens eat, breathe, and well, sleep with their cellphones. Teens who use their cell phones to text are 42% more likely to sleep with their phones. In fact, for most, it doubles as an alarm clock. The problem with that is, when text messages, emails and notifications come in, it’s hard to resist, no matter the hour. Cellphones continue to cut into how much sleep teenagers get.
According to medical researchers, teenagers are supposed to average about nine hours of sleep a night. However, fitting in the necessary amount of sleep amidst a busy schedule and social life is almost impossible. A study in the Journal of School Health concluded that more than 90 percent of teens are sleeping less than nine hours a night; one in 10 teens slept less than six hours a night, causing sleepy teens to sleep in on weekends, which then messes up their sleep patterns. Dr. Peter Polos, of the JFK Medical Center conducted a sleep study on forty 14 and 15 year olds where he learned that teens go to sleep 4 hours after getting in the bed because of texting.
It’s important to stress the significance of getting a good night’s sleep. Lack of sleep causes memory deficits, and impaired performance and alertness. Additionally, irritability, anxiety, depression, and reduced concentration also result from sleep deprivation. Sleep matters.