Exposure to video technology affects teen sleep when it is utilized before bedtime.  Teens also take longer to fall asleep if they use online social media, according to a new study.

Technology Affects Teen SleepThe technology related behavior was connected to shorter duration of sleep and poor sleep quality on teens’ school days, and even on vacation.

“The effects of technology and video gaming on sleep have previously been reported, so we were not surprised to see that video gaming before bed was associated with later bedtime and shorter sleep duration,” said senior author Bei Bei, of Monash University and the University of Melbourne in Australia.

The study also accounted for the “chronotype” of kids, which defines whether they are more alert at night or in the morning.

“We were able to see whether some behaviors had an effect on adolescents’ sleep beyond their chronotype,” Bei said. “The only technology that had such an effect was video gaming.”

Sometimes teens engage in video games because they are not sleepy yet, and they pass time until they feel sleepy.

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