Study says broadband internet can cause sleep deprivation

Updated:6 months, 1 week ago IST

New Delhi, Aug 07 (ANI): According to a recent study conducted by Bocconi University, access to high-speed internet reduces sleep duration and sleep satisfaction in individuals that face time constraints in the morning for work or family reasons. “Individuals with DSL access tend to sleep 25 minutes less than their counterparts without DSL Internet. They are significantly less likely to sleep between 7 and 9 hours, the amount recommended by the scientific community, and are less likely to be satisfied with their sleep,” principal investigator of the study, said. The effects found are largely driven by individuals that face time constraints in the morning and by the use of electronic devices in the evening and not by their use throughout the day. “Digital temptations may lead to a delay in bedtime, which ultimately decreases sleep duration for individuals who are not able to compensate for later bedtime by waking up later in the morning,” they further said. The temptations individuals are prone to vary according to age, the scholars found. Among teenagers and young adults, there is a significant association between insufficient sleep and time spent on computer games or watching TV or videos in the evening, while for older adults the correlation is with the use of PCs and Smartphone.

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