Children's Lack Of Sleep Can Be Linked To The Use Of Electronic Gadgets, Study Suggests

In this era of advanced technology, people unconsciously spend a lot of their time in being exposed to certain electronic gadgets such as computers, tablets or mobile phones or even television. Health experts strongly recommend having eight hours of sleep as much as possible. However, this scenario is not always applicable especially for kids and teenagers.

Electronic Devices And Its Disadvantages

According to News4 Tucson, it was reportedly said that young individuals could be connected round the clock just by texting, watching movies, playing games and even the most prevalent use of social media for what they call "millenials". In the study published in the journal of Medical Association, it was found that the mere presence of cellphone in the bedroom can potentially ruin sleep quality among children. In turn, experts believe that the lack of sleep to children is more likely to trigger health issues and poorer performance at school.

Experts have already claimed that the constant exposure to a bright artificial light creates a risk for our health condition as it can alter the rhythmic patterns of our body clock. The light emitted from such devices is known to decrease our body's ability to produce the melatonin hormone which triggers the feeling of sleepiness.

Furthermore, National Post has also revealed that in recent years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been pushing for later start times for middle schools and high schools as a way to increase the odds that teens can get in the eight-hour minimum. Previous research has also been revealed claiming that prolonged exposure to an artificial light is most likely seen to increase the risk of developing obesity, diabetes, heart problem and depression. The most common type of artificial light and probably the worst is the one that we get from our smartphones and other electronic devices especially at night which is known as "blue light".

Ultimately, the National Sleep Foundation recommends at least 30 minutes of "gadget-free transition time" before bedtime, and the act of powering every gadget down for better sleep can also play a vital part to this condition.

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