How Technology Affects Sleep

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Many do not believe that we have a technology problem in today’s society. But, ninety-five percent of people use technology an hour before they go to sleep (How Technology Affects Sleep). This is an alarming amount of people who use technology before they go to sleep. You do not have to be looking directly at the technology to trigger the pineal gland to stop releasing melatonin (Kim). Many also believe that lack of sleep due to technology does not affect how they do their daily jobs. Seventy-five percent of those over 30 that reported not getting enough sleep said that when they were tired that their sleepiness effected their daily work (Tarkan). For a school age kid ten hours of sleep is needed. Teenagers also need about nine to ten…show more content…
Then after they get done with homework they go right to bed. They are more electronically engaged at night (Electronics in the Bedroom). We pressuring them into doing everything that they can but yet not use technology an hour before they go to bed, we are having them do exactly what we are telling them not to do. We sometimes forget that our students need to get adequate sleep just like we do. We think that means they are young that they will just adjust to the lack of sleep. Actually they need more sleep then adults do, while adults actually get more sleep on a given day than an average teenager.
Some believe that today 's society is not sleep deprived from technology, but rather sleep deprived from other reasons. An article from Better Health stated that some of these reasons why we are sleep deprived are due to personal choice, illness, work, sleeping disorder, medications that we may be taking, the environment that you are sleeping in, sleep hygiene is poor, and sleep disruptions (Sleep Deprivation). Personal choice would be that you want to stay up and not go to sleep at a reasonable time. This may be due to social media, social life, or many other reasons. Illness, if you are sick you may not be getting adequate sleep due to coughing, trouble breathing, and snoring. When you are sick you will get very little REM sleep which is very important to feeling rested. When a person is working night shift or very
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