Cellphones at bedside preventing deep sleeps

by | Dec 6, 2013 | News

Mario Belan
Health Reporter

New data published in the Journal of Adolescent Health has found that teenagers aren’t getting enough sleep due to the constant vibration of their cellphones keeping them awake.

With exam time fast approaching, sleep is vital for the body. Researchers state that the golden standard for sleep is nine hours and having a cellphone with you at night can affect your sleeping patterns.

Dr. Ronald Stewart, a professor in bioscience at Humber, said students’ ability to focus suffers when they don’t get enough sleep.

“It’s a full body effect,” he said. “Find the time to sleep.”

Now that exams are here, Stewart said students have to put down their phones and find the time to get to bed. Cellphone, TV and video games should be turned off during exam time.

“Students cannot multitask,” said Stewart. “You have to turn off your technology.”

Richard Horner, a professor of medicine and physiology at the University of Toronto, said some people don’t necessarily need nine hours of sleep. “You can have six hours of sleep and be fine in the morning.” Horner said if someone jumps when they hear their alarm go off rather than waking up calmly, they are most likely not getting enough sleep.

“The best advice for exam time would be to study normally and getting a good night sleep,” said Horner, adding there is no need to study all night because the brain loses concentration at midnight.

“I won’t give up sleep for last minute studying,” said David Zutautas, 19, a second-year student in Humber’s heating, refrigeration and air conditioning technology program.

Zutautas goes to bed earlier during exam time so he can be ready for the next morning.

“I try to get some good sleep, so I can be ready in the morning,” he said.