Sleep experts have coined a new phrase to describe a worrying trend among teens – the term is “junk sleep”, and it specifically refers to the fact that young people are not only not getting enough sleep, but that they sleep they are getting is of poor quality because of the presence of a bevy of electronic devices.
According to a recent study by the Sleep Council, nearly one third of young people between the ages of 12 and 16 years old indicated that they are only getting between four and seven hours of sleep per night. This would be worrying in adults, but is of special concern for this age group, which health experts have indicated need almost nine hours of sleep per night in order to get the proper rest and opportunity for growth. The study included a poll of nearly 1,000 teens, and it revealed that in almost every case, their bedroom sleeping environment included computers, televisions, cell phones and musical devices. Continue reading