Does using your cell phone before going to bed make you lose sleep? by Mackenna Tomaszewski (11)

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Most people with cell phones who use them before they go to sleep get less sleep or a worse nights sleep than when they don’t use their phone before they go to bed. People are addicted to checking social media and it causes some to lose sleep over it.

¨In various countries around the world, smartphone users last year spent at least an hour a day, on average, glued to their devices¨ (https://www.businessinsider.com/people-spending-more-time-on-smartphones-chart-2017-5). When people use their phone before they go to bed, they tend to stay up later and not get to sleep at the time they should.

¨The blue light emitted by screens on cell phones, computers, tablets, and televisions restrain the production of melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep/wake cycle or circadian rhythm¨ (https://www.sleep.org/articles/ways-technology-affects-sleep/). This causes you to stay up later than you should. Unplugging 30 minutes before bed can increase the amount of sleep you get.

Trinity Wezeman, a senior at GHS, used to put her phone on the counter away from her bedroom at 10 p.m. every night before bed. She noticed that when she used to put her phone on the counter away from her bedroom that she got more sleep than now when she doesn’t.

Some teenagers stay up so late that they only get a couple of hours of sleep then become exhausted and do worse in school than when they do get a good night’s sleep.

Teenagers need 8-10 hours of sleep. Most teens don’t get the amount of sleep they should because of their cell phones. They stay up late and can’t wake up in the morning.

The website businessinsider.com posts,¨The average smartphone user spent an hour more on his device last year than he did four years earlier.¨Cell phones are becoming more of an issue.

Using a cell phone before going to sleep at night is not good for a person’s sleep cycle. It keeps people up, they lose sleep and become exhausted throughout the day.

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