We don’t sleep when the sun goes down, we don’t waste no precious time

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A young adult is recommended to sleep for an average of seven to eight hours each night. Very few people I know actually get that amount of sleep. Could the use of technology before bedtime be to blame?

2012 Research from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden has shown that fatigue, stress, depression and sleep disorders in Young Adults can be linked to heavy use of technology.

 Some of the specific findings relating to sleep and the use of technology were:

  • Late night use of computers was found to disturb sleep for both men and women, consequently leading to mental health problems for both sexes.
  • The people who found being constantly accessible via mobile phone stressful, were found to be the ones in greatest risk of mental illness.
  • If a person were both a heavily user of computers and mobile phones, the association between the use and issues such as sleep depravation and metal problems were stronger.

The full study can be found here: https://gupea.ub.gu.se/handle/2077/28245

Perhaps it is time to reclaim our bedrooms as the time for sleep, and… well.

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