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Hanging in front of the screen in the evening causes sleep disorders


Those who sit in front of the screen for a long time in the evening sleep significantly worse

Sleep disorders are a common problem that has been linked to a variety of causes. Apparently, the time spent in the evening on the computer, smartphone or in front of the television has a significant influence, according to the results of a current evaluation of the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) at DIW.

"People who sit in front of a screen until bedtime thanks to fast DSL access sleep significantly less and are generally less satisfied with their sleep," says the report on the results of the current evaluation of the SOEP. Young DSL users between the ages of 18 and 30 in particular are affected by a potentially harmful lack of sleep. The current study results were published in a SOEP paper.

What effects does a DSL connection have on sleep?

Many people spend the evenings in front of the computer or the television and look a little on their smartphone even in bed. With the introduction of modern broadband technology, access to digital media is available around the clock, which also has an impact on the intensity of use. In order to find out how DSL access and the associated prolonged use of digital media affect sleep, scientists have now evaluated the information from more than 24,000 people who were repeatedly interviewed between 2008 and 2012 as part of the long-term study SOEP.

Sleep duration and sleep satisfaction evaluated

The subjects answered questions about their average sleep duration and their sleep satisfaction, among other things. It was also asked whether they had a DSL connection or not. The Italian economists Francesco C. Billari, Osea Giuntella and Luca Stella also included the data from the German Time Use Survey in the evaluation. In this time use survey by the Federal Statistical Office, the activities of 5,587 people in 10-minute intervals were recorded exactly over the course of a day.

On average, Germans sleep just under 7 hours on weekdays

According to the researchers, analysis of the SOEP data showed that adults between the ages of 18 and 59 years slept an average of 6.8 hours during the week and 7.9 hours at the weekend. From a medical point of view, a sleep duration of seven to nine hours should be rated as healthy. The current study also showed that DSL users sleep an average of 25 minutes less per night than people without a DSL connection. They also find their sleep significantly more often than insufficient and less satisfactory.

Particularly serious effects on younger people

Study author Luca Stella from the Bocconi University in Milan comes to the conclusion in the current communication that "especially the sleep of younger people under 30 years of age who use a DSL connection is at risk." They show an average of around 70 Minutes less sleep time than peers without DSL access. In addition, the average probability that they stated in the SOEP survey that they suffer from lack of sleep increased by about 40 percent.

According to the scientists, PC and smartphone are also significant sleep disturbances for DSL users between the ages of 30 and 59. "If you use these devices for half an hour before going to bed, the likelihood that you will get a maximum of 6 hours of sleep - and therefore less sleep than experts recommend - increases by 30 percent," said the press release on the study results.

Those who can sleep in have no problems

According to the scientists, the study only provides good news for one population group. Because the sleep of people who do not have to get up early in the morning is not affected by media use at a late hour. According to the study authors, they can sleep well and compensate for the lack of sleep the night before the next morning. (fp)

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