Is Using Electronic Media at Night Causing Your Teen Sleep Problems?

Is Using Electronic Media at Night Causing Your Teen Sleep Problems?

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Carrie McBride
Nov 4, 2010

In an ideal world we'd all fall asleep after a peaceful half hour of reading, but we know that's not always the case. Researchers have been studying links between teens' electronic media habits and sleep problems. Not living with a teen myself, some of the findings were startling: the teens in the study texted an average of 34 times after going to bed and reported being awoken on average once a night by a text. Well no wonder they're having sleep troubles!

Girls were more likely to text while boys were likely to continue playing video games after bed. The study, conducted at the Sleep Disorders Center at JFK Medical Center in Edison, N.J., was a small one, but found that using electronic media late at night may lead to learning problems, mood swings, anxiety and depression.

Interested? Read a longer article at Healthfinder.

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