We've already mentioned that text messaging may cause insomnia in children. Now, data presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians argues that the use of any communication technology among children and adolescents is associated with insomnia, excessive movements and leg pain during the night.
Daytime consequences included higher rates of cognitive/mood problems such as ADHD, anxiety, depression and learning difficulties.
Forty students aged 8 to 22 years old were asked to complete a questionnaire on their sleep habits. 77.5% said they had difficulty falling asleep. The average student was woken up by electronic media once each night with an average of 33.5 texts or emails being sent/received each night.
Perhaps even more reason why we should be removing technology from our children's bedrooms.
Last updated: December 29, 2010