Much has been published about the impact of before-bed screen time on sleep quality. Now new research suggests that it’s not just late-night TV viewing that can negatively affect a good night’s rest. Rather, it’s the cumulative amount of screen time from waking until bedtime that can affect the quality and duration of sleep.
These teen sleep statistics are the result of a recent study that measured almost 10,000 adolescents between 16-19. It turns out that all screen time — televisions, computers, tablets and mobile devices — at all hours, can negatively impact sleep.
The results? Teens who used electronics for more than 4 hours were 49 percent more likely to take longer than an hour to fall asleep. Teens who used any device for more than 2 hours daily were 20 percent more likely to need more than an hour to fall asleep than those who used devices less than 2 hours.
The amount of time on devices also impacted the amount of sleep time, with more screen time leading to a decrease in the hours of sleep. For example, teens who spent more than 2 hours online were more than three times as likely to sleep less than 5 hours
So how much sleep to teens need? A lot! According to the National Sleep Foundation, teens need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night to function best. One study found that only 15% reported sleeping 8 1/2 hours on school nights.
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