Reducing Screen Time Helps Teenagers Sleep Better

Reducing Screen Time Helps Teenagers Sleep Better

Recent research points out to the fact that the time spent by the teenagers on their smartphones in the evening might profoundly affect their sleep quality. Being in high school and having a hard time getting asleep sounds familiar to you? Then this might be truly helpful regarding your situation.

Studies published at the annual meeting of the European Society of Endocrinology suggest that limiting teenagers’ evening access to their smartphones might have a hugely beneficial impact concerning their sleep problems.

Teenagers fall asleep earlier if they spend less than one hour accessing the smartphones before going to bed

As the data collected in this regard by the Dutch specialists show, teenagers that spend above four hours scrolling on their smartphones before going to sleep tend to fall asleep, in average, 30 minutes later than their fellows that spend less than one hour exposed to the blue light coming from various electronic devices.

Moreover, findings point to the conclusion that teenagers tend to go to bed earlier if wearing blue-light-obstructing glasses to protect while using their electronic devices.

Scientists say that there is enough evidence to conclude that spending more time using electronic devices in the evening has a significant impact on the hour when the teenager will fall asleep, and that related issues can be simply prevented by limiting their screen time.

Further research conducted in this regard shows that the blue light emanated by electronic devices might have an impact on the quantity of sleep hormones in our blood, and, consequently, might affect our internal clock. This can lead to more severe problems such as obesity, diabetes, or even heart conditions.

Kids and teenagers are more vulnerable

If the initial focus of this study was how does this type of exposure directly impact sleeping among teens, scientists now want to get a closer look on how does this affect teenagers long-term, and also what impact does this exposure have on adults. 

However, further studies conducted in this regard show that kids and adolescents are far more affected by sleep deprivation than adults.


Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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