internet addiction

Sleepless Nights Can Be Caused By Internet Addiction

Internet addiction is gaining attention as technology rapidly integrates itself more and more into our lives each day. The internet has the ability to offer us amazing opportunities, such as communicating with someone oceans away. It also has the ability to become an unhealthy habit if used improperly.

When you think of internet addiction, what comes to mind? For many, it’s an image of an adolescent boy in a dark room playing video games on his computer–but this cuts out a large portion of individuals struggling with it. Internet addiction can come in the form of a cell phone and it can most definitely affect boys and girls.

Internet addiction in the form of social media use

We tend to think of internet addiction as dealing solely with a computer or laptop, but now that the internet is accessible through many different platforms, that needs to change. Especially since it’s probably not the most common occurrence of internet addiction anymore.

You’ve probably at least heard about the connection between teen’s using their phones and getting less sleep at night. Teens will stay up until ungodly hours staring at their phones or will actually wake up multiple times in the night just to check notifications. While this may not be a full blown internet addiction yet, setting aside your own health to use something are the first steps to an unhealthy–potentially destructive–habit.

Study links phone use and sleep deprivation

Sleep is incredibly important. It reboots our brains and allows us to go over crucial information gained throughout the day. Without sleep, our overall happiness and well-being decreases.

In a recent study conducted by Taylor & Francis, researchers found that 1 in 5 adolescents wake themselves up during the night to either check or send messages on social media platforms. This behavior thus leads to a teen being 3-times as likely to be tired at school.

More than 900 students–ages 12 to 15–participated in the study. They were asked to record how happy they were about different areas of life: friendships, appearance, and school life. Those that reported feeling “always tired” tended to have a much lower level of happiness than other students.

An author in the study, Professor Sally Power, explained the significance of these findings:

“Our research shows that a small but significant number of children and young people say that they often go to school feeling tired — and these are the same young people who also have the lowest levels of wellbeing. One in five young people questioned woke up every night and over one third wake-up at least once a week to check for messages. Use of social media appears to be invading the ‘sanctuary’ of the bedroom.”

The bedroom should be a place of rest–not a place of likes, tweets, texts, and snaps.

Elevations is here for your family

Elevations RTC is a residential treatment center for struggling teens, ages 13 to 18. Our students often grapple with anxiety, defiance, internet addiction, depression, ADHD, and other emotional or behavioral issues. At Elevations, we use a combination of a focused therapeutic lens, real-world environment, secure setting, and caring staff to foster growth and success in our students.

For more information about how we deal with internet addiction at Elevations RTC, please call 1-855-290-968.

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