• shareIcon

Use of Digital Media at Night makes Teens Prone to Sleep Problems

Tips for Parent By Vasudha Bhat , Onlymyhealth editorial team / Feb 12, 2015
Use of Digital Media at Night makes Teens Prone to Sleep Problems

With the findings of their latest study, the experts warn teenagers to shut down their digital devices at least one hour before bedtime to prevent risk of sleep problems.

When your mother tells you to shut down your laptop and concentrate more on sleeping, does it appear to be a part of parental nagging to you? If it does, it shouldn’t anymore because experts have some recommendations which beg to differ with the ideal routine of teenagers.

Experts recommend that teenagers who experience sleep disorders or severe daytime tiredness must switch off their digital devices at least one hour before bedtime.

Digital Use in Teens

The Study

The latest study revealed that excessive use of digital media at night can increase the risk of sleep problems and symptoms of depression in teens.
With introduction of messaging apps like Whatsapp and Viber along with a steep dip in the prices of data usage by telephone companies, wireless internet became highly accessible for teenagers. In a study conducted by the University of Basel the difference in digital media use between teenagers with smartphone and their counterparts with conventional mobile phones was examined.

In the results it was seen that during weekdays, teenagers with smartphones spent more time on the internet than peers with conventional mobile phones. Also, they wrote more text messaged daily, which was on average 85 messages compared to seven messages.

Another significant difference found was for the time when the teenagers were in their beds at night. As little as 17 percent smartphone users switched their devices off or put them on silent during the night. Whereas the percentage increased to 47 percent in case of conventional mobile phone users.


Digital Use in Teens


Additionally, teens with smartphones watched videos, stayed online and messaged friends more often during the night than their peers with conventional mobile phones.

The Recommendation

Taking into consideration the findings of the study, the experts recommended that teenagers who suffer from sleep disorders or severe daytime tiredness to switch their digital media devices off at least one hour before daytime.


The study was published in the journal Youth and Adolescence.

Image courtesy: Getty Images

Read more on Parenting Tips.

Disclaimer

All possible measures have been taken to ensure accuracy, reliability, timeliness and authenticity of the information; however Onlymyhealth.com does not take any liability for the same. Using any information provided by the website is solely at the viewers’ discretion. In case of any medical exigencies/ persistent health issues, we advise you to seek a qualified medical practitioner before putting to use any advice/tips given by our team or any third party in form of answers/comments on the above mentioned website.

This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK