There’s no suspicion that high-speed internet is a magnificent thing, but we still understand how precisely it’s altering our behavior — and possibly our health. When it comes to lasting health outcomes, sleep deprivation ranks as one of the most serious precursors to constant illnesses, mood disorders, and cognitive problems, and it’s an all-too-ordinary problem.
The study, published in the Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization and funded by the European Research Council, suggests that high speed internet access is causing people to lose up to 25 minutes of sleep per night compared to those without high speed internet. It’s the first study to causally link broadband access to sleep deprivation.
“High-speed Internet makes it very enticing to stay up later to play video games, surf the web and spend time online on social media,” the researchers concluded. “Given the growing awareness of the importance of sleep quantity and quality for our health and productivity, providing more information on the risks associated with technology use in the evening may promote healthier sleep and have non-negligible effects on individual welfare and well-being.”
Therefore, how do you stay away from falling into the technology trap and letting your sleep suffer? Simple: say goodbye to your phone, iPad, computer, or any device that would attract you to use the internet before bed.
If you are unable to sleep, read books or magazines, talk to your partner, have a walk or write something on your journal. At least, you’ll be able to sleep serenely.