Teens' Sleep Patterns Being Ruined by Caffeine, Technology

by Kathy Jones on  May 3, 2011 at 7:07 PM Lifestyle News
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The effect of increasing use of media at night and its impact on adolescent sleep time has been studied by researchers.

Now, a new study has for the first time evaluated the consequences of caffeine and technology at night and their effect on adolescent sleep.
 Teens' Sleep Patterns Being Ruined by Caffeine, Technology
Teens' Sleep Patterns Being Ruined by Caffeine, Technology

Working with data gathered through interviews of 100 children ages 12 to 18, Christina Calamaro, assistant professor and director of the School's Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner master's specialty discovered that the more nighttime multitasking teens did, the more caffeine they consumed, and the less they slept.

Eighty-five percent of the teens in the study drank caffeine daily, and 11 percent of those she studied drank more than 400 mg of caffeine daily-the equivalent of four espressos.

"It is not just about caffeine, it's about calories," she said.

The study has been published in Pediatrics.

Source: ANI

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It is important to ensure adequate break time before bed - no matter what you've been doing prior to going to bed, you need to give your mind and body time to relax before laying down for sleep. Whether you've been working, studying or watching T.V, quit what you're doing at least an hour before bedtime. A poll for the National Sleep Association found that 87% of respondents watched T.V within an hour of going to bed at least a couple times a week. Violent shows, news reports and vivid stories stay in our heads long after we've watched them. Watching T.V or doing anything else that stimulates the brain before bed hinders your quality of sleep.

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