The effect of pre-bedtime behaviors on adolescent sleep patterns

Updated: Apr 22

This research shows that adolescents who participate in technology-based activities, such as video games and online social media, before bedtime, experience shorter sleep duration and lower sleep quality. In contrast, adolescents that spend time with family experience longer sleep duration. These findings illustrate the importance of how time is spent before going to sleep.

Source: Journal of Adolescent Health:

Harbard, E., Allen, N., Trinder, J., & Bei, B. (2016). What's keeping teenagers up? Prebedtime behaviors and actigraphy-assessed sleep over school and vacation. Journal of Adolescent Health,58(4), 426-432. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2015.12.011

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