A recent Ofcom study found that 70% of young people miss sleep because of online habits.
Most of us will have hated bedtime as children. When we had to leave our parents or some exciting event to get the sleep we needed. As adults, we now know we really do need sleep. It’s important for learning and behaviour, growth and mental wellbeing. A lack of sleep can affect growth, and when a sleep problem is resolved, a growth spurt can occur.
As children get older, they start to change their sleep/wake cycle to younger children and adults, preferring later bedtimes and wake times. However, if scrolling through phones or watching videos at night, the light from these devices can disrupt the body’s natural wind-down to sleep, creating bodily confusion about whether it is night or day.