Using Your Smartphone For Too Long Negatively Affects Sleep

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Nov 15, 2016 11:30 AM EST

RUESSELSHEIM, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 22: Children play video games on smartphones while attending a public event on September 22, 2012 in Ruesselsheim, Germany. Smartphones, with their access to social networks, high-resolution screens, video games and internet acess, have become commonplace among children and teenagers across the globe. (Photo : Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Smartphones have long been in the market and it is no secret that teenagers and adults find great pleasure in owning one. Of course, with the latest advancement of technology everyone needs to stay in the loop.

Now, social media apps and all sorts of entertainment sources are the main aspects of a smartphone and many people get easily addicted to the small gadget in their hands. And so, with every addiction comes its side effects.

A new study states that spending too much time on smartphones can lead to hampered or patchy sleep patterns. The individuals which were conducted on the study during a month were obviously showing signs of hampered sleep.

How to know if you are spending too much time on a smartphone? The answer is simple, if responsibilities and compulsory errands slip by one's attention because they are on their smartphone all the time; this is when it is known!

The study furthermore added that individuals who used their smartphone directly before sleeping either faced much difficulty in getting some shut eye or had a restless night of sleep. The fact behind all these findings from LiveSciene's report goes as follows:

"Exposure to smartphone screens, particularly around bedtime, may negatively impact sleep." 

As part of the study, 653 adults were asked to download an Android app on their phones which would record the amount of time the phone's screen was turned on. This went on for 30 days and the researchers kept collecting data.

The results showed that each individual used their phones for approximately 1 hour and 29 minutes every day. The app did not record the amount of physical activity of the people or their mood. But it did prove that smartphone overuse was related to sleep.

Around 136 persons from this research study were found that their smartphone screen time was related to decreased sleep and lesser sleep efficiency. Meaning that sleep did not positively affect the individual's body like it is supposed to!

A last note of the researchers from Yahoo stated, "That increased screen time in the hour of and after bedtime, but not the hour before, was associated with (a longer time needed to fall asleep) agrees with the notion that screen use just before attempting to fall asleep may be particularly problematic."

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