The Dangers of “Junk Sleep”, and What You Can Do About It

junk sleep Parents of teenagers are likely familiar with the array of media outlets — iPads, TV, cell phones, stereos, video games and computers — that many teens are glued to at all hours of the day.

The lure of these electronics may be damaging kids’ health, causing them to not get enough sleep, nor enough quality sleep, according to a poll of 1,000 teens conducted by the Sleep Council.

The survey of 12- to 16-year-olds found that:

  • 30 percent of teens sleep just four to seven hours a night on school nights, instead of the recommended eight to nine hours.
  • 23 percent say they fall asleep watching TV, listening to music or while using other electronics more than once a week.
  • 19 percent admitted that leaving on the TV or computer impacted the quality of their sleep.
  • 98.5 percent have a phone, music system or TV in their bedroom, and over 65 percent have all three.
  • 40 percent say they generally feel tired.


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