Bedtime Use Of Smartphones And Tablets Disrupt Children’s Night Sleep

Posted: Nov 1 2016, 9:34am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

Bedtime Use of Smartphones and Tablets Disrupt Children’s Night Sleep
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  • Children Using Smartphones and Screens at Bedtime More Than Doubles The Risk of Poor Sleep
 

According to recent studies, the latest technology may actually be causing insomnia among youngsters.

The usage of smart phones and tablets may be causing young people to toss and turn in their sleep at night. At the very least, the sleep that these youngsters are experiencing isn’t deep and refreshing.

Those kids who do not have access to any such contraptions seem to be getting a lot of refreshing and re-energizing sleep on a daily basis.

Maybe, in our progressive plans to keep up with the Joneses, we have lost the very basic need for rejuvenating slumber and have become nervous wrecks who go around throughout the day like a zombie in a half-asleep and half-awake state. 

72% of children and 89% of teenagers have such devices in their lives and they use them on a regular basis. The real problem arises when these screen-based devices are used close to bedtime.

This results in lost sleep and a general malaise that refuses to go away as the days progress into weeks and the weeks into months. The sleep debt also builds up and it has to be compensated sometime in the future. 

The research regarding the sleep disturbances due to these smart phones and tablets has been scant up until now. The novel study, published in JAMA Pediatrics, is a review of 20 existing studies from four continents, however included 125,000 children from 6 to 19 years of age.

The researchers found that bedtime usage of these devices resulted in lesser duration of sleep, far less renewal of the senses in sleep and a general loss of concentration during the daytime.

It led to brain fog. Even the mere presence of a media device in the bedroom was a guarantee of the fact that the sleep the occupant would engage in would not be refreshing or satisfying. 

Since most of the media devices were kept on, they caused disruption in the sleep cycles of the bedroom inhabitants throughout the night. The stimulation from the blue light emitted from the screens was another source of insomnia.

Sleep disturbance in childhood lies behind a host of ill effects. These include poor dietary choices, overweight status, compromised immunity and a lagging behind in growth patterns.

Even mental health was direly affected by loss of sleep due to media devices. Sleep may be seen by many as a sheer waste of time, yet the fact of the matter is that it is extremely important. To remain in a sleepless state is to court all sorts of physical and psychological maladies. 

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