Why too much social media usage is making teens sleep-deprived
Staying plugged in until the moment you hit the hay is unhealthy for everyone, but one age group is especially impacted: teenagers. Researchers in Australia report that too much social media usage is making teens sleep-deprived for several important reasons.
According to sleep physician Dr. Chris Seton, this combination creates a perfect storm. “The screens not only take away sleep because they take up time, but they make kids more wakeful, and the more wakeful they are, the more activity they do, so it’s a vicious cycle,” he explained, as reported by ABC Australia.
Our physical and mental health is dependent on getting sufficient sleep — so, although teens are the most impacted age group, we could all take a lesson from this study and make a conscious effort to disengage from social media at night. Our bodies and minds will be eternally grateful.