If you’re having trouble nodding off at night your smartphone might be to blame, according to new research carried out at Uni Research Health in Norway. The study involved over 10,000 people, all aged between 16 to 19 years old, and the results they found were startling. Be prepared to think twice before staring at your smartphone screen while in bed at night.
Excessive Gadget Use Makes it Hard to Sleep
The study deduced that if an individual spent four hours or more looking at a screen over the course of a day, that individual would be 49 percent more likely to encounter difficulty when trying to go to sleep. The general findings were that the longer you watch TV, use a laptop, or interact with your smartphone, the more trouble you will have to sleep at the end of the day.
Cut Down on Screen Time Before Bed
Looking at a screen just before you sleep is also a serious problem. If you use your smartphone in the hour before you try to sleep, the study found that it is likely to take you in excess of 60 minutes to actually fall asleep.
Links to Anxiety and Depression
The study suggests that for some teenagers the amount of time they spent staring at a screen, whether it be a smartphone, laptop or even TV, has an effect on their emotional state. Anxiety and depression could occur due to over use of gadgets, and with technology becoming so much more intertwined in all of our lives the risks are even more apparent.
We should all look at how we use gadgets in our lives to make sure that this type of problem doesn’t actually get worse. Try leaving your laptop and smartphone out of the bedroom for a few nights and see if you notice the difference.