Social media use and sleep disturbances in young adults

January 19th, 2018 by Ima Admin

Young adults defined as 19 – 32 years of age is the first generation growing up with increasingly rampant use of social media.

A couple of studies from University of Pittsburgh are amongst the first ones to determine the impact of social media use on sleep of these young adults.

In a 2014 study with a nationally represented sample of about 1700 respondents showed that the chance of having sleep disturbances was 1.95 times higher in highest per day quartile of social media users compared to the lowest quartile users.

It also showed that the chances of sleep disturbances were almost 3 times (2.92 to be precise) higher in highest per week quartile compared to the lowest quartile.

These sleep disturbances which included difficulty falling asleep. poor sleep quality and reduced total sleep time were especially worse with total social media use of more then 60 minutes.

This 2014 study was followed up by a further study from the same group of researchers which looked at sleep disturbances especially linked to bed time use of social media i,e. 30 minutes before bed time. Results from this follow up study established that social media use in the 30 minutes before bed time is an independent risk factor with odds ratio of 1.62 for sleep disturbances meaning that the chances of having sleep disturbances are 1.62 times higher in those who often very often check social media compared to those who rarely or very rarely social media.

With this new information at hand, let’s look at few tips to have a better sleep quality:

  • Tip #1: Avoid using social media within 30 minutes of your intended bed time.
  • Tip #2: Silent the notifications on your device from social media apps before going to bed
  • Tip #3: Keep total social media use to less than 60 minutes in a 24 hour period.

Live healthy and sleep better or is it the other way around!