What Stops Teens From Sleeping?

By sleepcounciladmin on May 1, 2015

What Stops Teens From Sleeping?  Throughout April we’ve been promoting Teen Sleep and the importance of getting teens to recognise why a good night’s sleep is vital to their health and wellbeing.

One of the issues that crops up time and time again is how technology is impacting on their sleep quality.

So we thought we’d ask parents ‘What stops your child/teen from sleeping?’ And it wasn’t surprising to see 50% said it’s electronic gadgets and social media.

What Stops Teens From Sleeping?

Social media has had a huge impact on sleep quality. Not only does using these devices affect sleep latency (ie the time it takes to drop off to sleep) but they also disrupt sleep in the middle of the night.

Only recently did a study find that children who sleep next to smartphones/tablets etc got 20.6 fewer minutes of sleep and those with a TV got 18 fewer minutes compared to children who didn’t have them in their bedrooms. Those children also went to sleep later too – by 37 minutes – and were more likely to say they felt like they hadn’t gotten enough sleep.  I wonder why?!

Sleep loss can have a huge impact on a child’s behaviour, mood, concentration, memory, looks and performance at school. So it’s really important to put a time limit on gadgets. We recommend that screen time should be avoided at least an hour before bedtime (and that goes for adults too!) And where possible, ban gadgets from the bedroom.

As a parent, click here for our top tips for teenagers and don’t forget to recommend your teen visits our specialist site www.teen-sleep.org.uk

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3 thoughts on “What Stops Teens From Sleeping?

  1. Definitely some important things to keep in mind here. I’m as guilty of using my smartphone right before bed as some of these teens! I need to get out of the habit so I can sleep better.

  2. Sleep disorders are silent killers which can affect us to such an extent that we become victims of many psychological disorders like depression and many more. Scientists felt the need to come up with a medicine that could protect us from such mishaps. Modvigil is a non-narcotic drug which helps in fighting narcolepsy and sleep apnea. They are the most effective drug one can ever use which has the least number of side effects.

  3. Totally agree with you. In this time and age where smartphones and internet have great supremacy, teens certainly pay much attention to it. However, that shouldn’t be the case. It’s still imperative that they value sleep and getting a better quality one. I’ve stumbled upon an article at http://articles.bedworks.com.au/7-ways-to-get-a-better-sleep/ which suggests various tips on how to sleep better including putting away digital devices before bedtime. Teens should realize that sleep is paramount to our health. Thanks for sharing this post!

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