Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Junk sleep

From BBC News:

Too many teenagers are damaging their health by not getting enough sleep and by falling asleep with electrical gadgets on, researchers say. . . .

The Sleep Council, which conducted the poll of 1,000 teenagers, says gadgets in bedrooms such as computers and TVs are fuelling poor quality "junk sleep". . . .

Almost a quarter of the teens surveyed admitted they fell asleep watching TV, listening to music or with other equipment still running, more than once a week. . . .

Dr Chris Idzikowski of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre said: "This is an incredibly worrying trend. What we are seeing is the emergence of 'Junk Sleep' — that is sleep that is of neither the length nor quality that it should be in order to feed the brain with the rest it needs. Youngsters need to be taught a healthy lifestyle includes healthy sleep as well as healthy food. The message is simple: switch off the gadgets and get more sleep."
Get some sleep, kids. But not in class.
Junk sleep "damaging teen health" (BBC News)

comments: 3

Anonymous said...

I've been getting used to falling asleep to the sound of window fans; it's actually quite relaxing. But it's not something like music or computers, that's for sure.

-Ben

Michael Leddy said...

Hi Ben! Fans are great, like white noise. Of course, we older people would never fall asleep watching TV, right?

Norman said...

I confess to falling asleep to the 22.00 CET broadcast of “Newshour” on BBC World Service (courtesy of NRK Alltid Nyheter, the all-news radio channel here in Norway). But I do not get junk sleep, as the radio has a “sleep” mode and shuts off after 30 minutes...