A growing body of research suggests that more and more young people are becoming sleep-deprived because they can’t put down their high-tech toys.
In recent years, studies have suggested that habitual Internet use and computer gaming can lead to lost sleep. A 2004 study in the journal Sleep revealed that adolescents with a TV set, gaming computer or Internet connection in their rooms spent measurably less time in bed. And some sleep researchers say that late-night use of gadgets with light-emitting screens can also have a detrimental impact on sleep.
What could make matters worse is that children and young adults require a lot more sleep than adults — and ignoring this basic need in favor of texting or surfing the web can lead to serious problems.
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