Friday, 12 October 2018

Teenage Insomnia related to screen time?

A new research study has found that 43% of parents are reporting that their teenagers are having sleep difficulties.

Nearly half of (US) parents are blaming electronics and screens for their teenagers' struggles with sleep, the University of Michigan has found. Screen and device use came above, irregular sleep due to homework or other extra curricular activities and even worries about school.

Some studies suggest the blue light in screens affect our natural circadian rhythm. Switching to the devices night mode in the evenings gives the screen a yellow tinge and removes the blue light. This is said to allow our natural melatonin levels, the hormone which is associated with sleep onset to be released.

36% of parents have taken to giving their children melatonin tablets, 53% limiting electronics and phones at bedtime and 54% reduce evening caffeine intake.

It is good sleep hygiene to avoid screen use at least 1 hour before bed time. This helps the body to unwind and natural melatonin levels to increase.