A recent study examined how sleep may be affected by media use, such as watching movies, television or YouTube videos; surf the internet or listen to music before going to sleep.
The research has been published in the Journal of Sleep Research.
It’s not uncommon to hear people rant about insomnia, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic. Even the early risers started staying up late into the night, binge-watching movies or web series, or scrolling through social media because there was no other outlet at the time. But how much of an impact does that have on our body?
In the study, 58 adults kept a diary that recorded information about time spent with media at bedtime, location of use, and multitasking.
Electroencephalography tests that detect electrical activity in the brain using small metal discs attached to parameters recorded by the scalp such as bedtime, total sleep time and sleep quality.
Media use in the hour before bedtime was associated with going to bed earlier. If bedtime use did not include multitasking and performed in bed, it was also associated with more total sleep time.
Long-term use of media was associated with later bedtime and less total sleep time. Sleep quality was not affected by media use before bedtime.
“If you’re going to use media, such as watching TV or listening to music, before going to bed, keep it a short, focused session and you’re unlikely to experience negative results in your sleep that night,” said lead author Morgan Ellithorpe , PhD, from the University of Delaware.
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