It is reported that nine (9) out of ten (10) people are giving up a good night’s sleep so they can stay in touch on the internet.
The driver behind this action? ‘People have a fear of missing out!’
You might have heard all the research now out – showing that the blue light emitted by devices such as mobile phones and tablets, mimics daylight and suppresses production of a brain chemical called melatonin, which helps us sleep. Dr. Chris Idzikowski, Director of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre, says that as technology ‘to keep us connected’ improves, we’re facing a new battle to switch off at night and we should make sure we turn off the technology at least half an hour before bed.
We have been talking with school counselors who say this is such a real issue for children. Parents are seeing changes in the behaviour of their children that are traced back to a general deprivation of sleep. Our ‘online behaviour’ IS addictive – and there comes a point where one simply loses control over ‘putting the technology away’!
As parents – we do have a say in how this can look. Consider looking at our recommendations on this site as to the facts. And keep chatting with other parents and professionals as to how to keep up the boundaries in your home on this issue.
You can read more about sleep and the Internet here.