In news that may be shocking to two or three parents nationwide, teenagers are not actually falling asleep straight after “going to bed.”
Studies indicate these teenagers may actually be retiring to their rooms to engage in some late-night textual healing, engaging in text messaging sessions that have gone on for as long as four hours. Attending physician at the JFK Medical Center sleep lab in Edison, New Jersey Dr. Peter Polos says that in the 40 students they sample-studied, kids sent an average of 33.5 texts or emails each night after bedtime, in time frames ranging from 10 minutes to the four hour figure.
Dr. Polos says it’s not the kids per se, but the devices that are enabling the sleep deficits:
”It reaffirms my suspicion that the availability of these media to children can or will have a significant impact on their quality and quantity of sleep,” Polos tells WebMD.
He also commented on the frequency and volume of media consumed and transmissions sent by kids these days:
The average number of texts sent per month including weekend nights after bedtime was 3,404 per person, Polos found. “That number reflects a portion of children who were excessively using the media.”
The older the student, the more time he or she was likely to spend texting and emailing after bedtime.
“Most of the 40 students reported either learning, behavioral, or cognitive issues,” Polos tells WebMD.
“This [emailing and texting] is more stimulatory than television, I think,” says Polos.
The study found that boys are more likely to stay awake surfing the internet or playing a game, whereas girls tend to engage in more social sleep distractions.