May 17th, 2011

Internet Use, but Not TV Watching, Linked to Sleeplessness in Teens


Many studies (along with casual observation in any home with a teenager) have associated nighttime media use — video gaming, Internet surfing and TV time — with sleep deficits in teens. But the latest research fine tunes those findings, suggesting that while some types of media may indeed keep teens up too late, others may have no effect.

In a study presented Monday at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting in Honolulu, researchers studying how media consumption affects adolescent sleep reported that video gaming and Internet use were associated with less sleep among teens, but TV watching was linked to slightly increased time in bed.

In addition, the researchers found, physical activity was also associated with increased teen sleep, confirming previous data that links exercise with better sleep.

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