Teenagers who excessively use their cell phone have increased odds for disrupted sleep, restlessness, stress and fatigue, according to a new report. The study included 21 healthy subjects — 14 to 20 years of age — free from sleep problems at the onset and with regular waking schedules for working and studying.
“The control group made less than five calls and/or sent five text messages a day, while the experimental group made more than 15 calls and/or sent 15 text messages a day. The subjects were then asked questions regarding their lifestyle and sleep habits.” Those in the experimental group were more apt to demonstrate increased restlessness with more careless lifestyles, more consumption of stimulating beverages, difficulty in falling asleep and disrupted sleep and more susceptibility to stress and fatigue.
“Children start to use mobile phones at an early stage of their life. There seem to be a connection between intensive use of cell phones and health compromising behaviour such as smoking, snuffing and use of alcohol,” said one of study’s authors, Dr. Badre.
Associated Professional Sleep Societies – June 2008;Epub. http://www.SleepEducation.com