Computers and mobile phones cause sleeplessness in children

Tuesday, 08. August 2017

Computers and mobile phones cause sleeplessness in children

Electrical devices in children’s bedrooms are often the cause of sleep disorders in children. American scientists have provided evidence of the influence of electrical devices on the sleep quality of children with a survey.

The results of the survey showed that nearly three quarters of children and young people aged between six and seventeen years have at least one electronic device in their room. The presence of TVs, smartphones and tablets etc. leads to poor sleep quality for children and young people, however. This means that the children concerned move less, fail to get enough sleep or sleep poorly. An alarming fact is that sleep disturbances, according to the survey results, occur almost on a daily basis. Children with electronic devices in their room sleep about an hour less than children with a bedroom without technical equipment.

A study from Norway has supported the American survey results. There is clear evidence of a correlation between the use of digital devices and a lack of sleep. Anyone who spends more than four hours a day in front of a screen has a 50% higher risk of needing an hour or longer to fall asleep. In addition, the risk of a sleep deficit is increased by 70%.

Especially when you consider children and young people, it is important to be aware of the relevance of healthy and relaxing sleep. Anyone who sleeps poorly or has too little sleep not only suffers from fatigue, but also has 25% more hunger the following day. In addition, the so-called internal clock is adjusted, with far-reaching consequences on all bodily functions. According to experts, the long-term effects of little or poor sleep include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and even cancer.

Of course, it is not possible to avoid all electronic devices. The smartphone is playing an increasingly important role in daily life – not only for children but also for adults. It is important though to be aware of the ‘dangers’ and to deliberately regulate or restrict usage. Just before going to bed, you should first go for a book or music before a smartphone, tablet or television.