Friday, February 13, 2015

Is electronic equipment bad for our sleep?

11 February 2015


What if, as well as other problems with screens, electronic equipment also affects our biological clock? According to Norwegian doctors, the more that adolescents use computer-type equipment, mobile phones, MP3 players, etc during the day, the less they will sleep the following night.

Dr Mari Hising and team in Bergen, Norway worked from an epidemiological study known as theNorwegian youth@hordaland Study conducted in 2012. Hordaland is a county located in the centre of western Norway.

In total, 10,000 young people aged from 16 to 19 took part in this study. They were questioned about their relationship with electronic devices including PCs, tablets, mobile phones, games consoles and television. What did they use the most? How much time did they spend on these and at what time of day? They were also questioned about their sleep, in terms of quality and quantity.

This study shows that games consoles are particularly popular among young boys, while girls spend more time on their smartphones and PCs, listening to music and using social media. In terms of sleep, these young people reported needing an average of 8 or 9 hours sleep per night. A level few achieved, however…

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