Internet Causes Sleep Deprivation, And Not Just In Teens, Study Shows

By Anna Hunt

It has never been more challenging to disconnect from technology than it is today. In most homes, laptops, TVs, and smartphones easily distract us, often sucking us into media time-warps. Research now shows that broadband Internet access is creating an environment that results in sleep deprivation.

Study Shows Internet’s Responsible for Sleep Deprivation

Researchers at Bocconi University and the University of Pittsburgh published a study that found temptations created by the broadband Internet is a noteworthy cause of sleep deprivation. They linked data on broadband Internet rollout in Germany to surveys of individuals who reported sleep duration. They published the study in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.

One of the main findings of this study showed that Internet access reduces both sleep duration and sleep satisfaction. This trend most significantly affects individuals who are rushed in the mornings because of work or family responsibilities.

Francesco Billari, a Full Professor of Demography at Bocconi University, Milan, and the Principal Investigator of the project DisCont stated:

Individuals with DSL access tend to sleep 25 minutes less than their counterparts without DSL Internet. They are significantly less likely to sleep between 7 and 9 hours, the amount recommended by the scientific community, and are less likely to be satisfied with their sleep.

Access to Media & Social Networks Are a Culprit

Another trend is the effect that entertainment media over the Internet has on sleep patterns. Endless movies on Netflix and the addictive world of social media cause many people to go to bed much later than they would without these distractions.

As a result, many individuals are less likely to go to bed at a reasonable time. Yet, some of these people still need to get up early to get to work or get their children to school. Thus, they do not get a chance to catch up on their sleep during early morning hours.

Finally, the study discovered that different age groups are willing to deprive themselves of sleep for different reasons. Teens and young adults (ages 13-30) typically lose sleep due to the time spent playing video games or watching TV. On the other hand, in older adults (ages 31-59) there’s an association between insufficient sleep and computer and smartphone usage.

Why Your Brain Needs Sleep

Lack of sleep can have quite a serious effect on your health. Firstly, the body uses sleep time to rebuild and heal tissues. As well, the brain gets what one might call a “makeover” every time you sleep. Specifically, support cells in the brain clear away residue left over from the day when you are asleep.

Research has shown that these support cells go into overdrive when you’re not getting sufficient sleep. As a result, they clear away more than the unneeded residue. Thus, they actually harm the brain.

Problem Extend Beyond Temptations of Media

Another very significant problem associated with broadband Internet access is the increased proliferation of pollution from electromagnetic fields (EMFs). The affect that electromagnetic pollution can have on your sleep quality is so significant that Canadian citizens have filed a class action lawsuit against EMF producers.

Sayer Ji of Green Med Info writes:

…literature reveals that neuroimaging and electroencephalography studies demonstrate enhanced cortical excitability with EMF exposure, particularly in the front-temporal regions, which is paradoxically correlated with faster reaction times, but may also interfere with sleep.

One of the best ways to reduce the effect that EMF pollution has on your health is to use EMF protection devices from AiresTech or another supplier. These device simply connect to your electronics or sit around the home. Another way to limit EMF exposure during sleep hours is to move EMF emitting devices at least 3 feet away from your bed. As well, you should always turn off your WiFi modem during the night and set all devices to airplane mode.

An Aspirant, Atiku carpets Buhari over N-Power, appointments, restructuring

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari over the Federal Government’s youth empowerment scheme, otherwise known as N-Power.


Speaking to Thisday, Atiku noted that with National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) revelation that 7.9 million Nigerians had lost their jobs in the last21 months, giving people “handouts” through N-Power would not solve unemployment.

The Wazirin Adamawa also mocked Buhari’s choice of appointees, saying they can’t achieve anything because they were not successful business owners.

He said: “The current government cannot create jobs because it is headed and peopled by men and women who have never run successful businesses. They even ran their own private businesses down.

“So, how can you expect them to run the public’s business up? What I am assuring Nigerians is that if they elect me, I promise them that everyone who wants to work will be given opportunities.

“Even this thing they are doing, called N-Power, is a product of their poverty mindset. Nigerians do not need the handout. Nigerians need a leg up! Our people are not lazy.

“Quote me anywhere; Nigerians are the most intelligent people on God’s planet. The reason our people are living in poverty today is that our current leaders have a poverty mentality.”

On restructuring, Atiku lamented that Buhari had given the northern region a bad name for insisting he would not restructure Nigeria.

His words: “There is support for restructuring nationwide and there is resistance to it countrywide. Let us not make northerners a convenient scapegoat just because Buhari, who does not want restructuring, is a northerner.”

Monsanto hit with $290 million cancer liability ruling in Roundup (glyphosate) herbicide trial

A San Francisco jury found Monsanto (now owned by Bayer) liable for the glyphosate-induced cancer of Dewayne Johnson, who is dying from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Johnson sprayed glyphosate 20-30 times per year on public school grounds (near children, no less), and he was twice “doused”

Source: Monsanto hit with $290 million cancer liability ruling in Roundup (glyphosate) herbicide trial