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16/3/2018

ISGlobal:  Losing sleep over the new technologies

ISGlobal: Losing sleep over the new technologies


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Sleep is an important part of our daily routine. We spend a third of our time sleeping. But, why is it so important? Good quality sleep is essential to conserve energy, promote growth and support mental development, especially during childhood and adolescence. In addition, adequate sleep is essential for optimal daytime functioning and well-being. However, between 20 and 40% of adolescents suffer from poor sleep quality, which has been associated with attention problems, mental problems, an increase in accidents, obesity and the risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. At ISGlobal, a research center promoted by the "la Caixa" Foundation, we are carrying out a study on the relationship between sleep quality and the use of telecommunication and screen devices in adolescents.

The sleep patterns of adolescents are influenced by hormonal changes occurring during puberty, lifestyle (e.g., physical activity, diet, alcohol and tobacco consumption and telecommunication and screen devices use), social factors (e. g., school starting time) and environmental factors (e.g., noise, light and temperature). There is increasing concern that the use of telecommunication and screen devices, including both passive screen devices (e.g. television) and interactive screen devices (e.g. computers, laptops, phones, tablets, or video game consoles) are detrimental to sleep.

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