If you take your smartphone with you to bed, it could be the reason you’re feeling DEPRESSED!
That’s the gist of a new study we found in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. It says that teens who use their cell phones - when they should be sleeping - are more likely to report feeling depressed, and having suicidal thoughts.
To be clear, researchers say the study doesn’t prove that nighttime cell phone use causes depression – only that the two are associated. But, sleep expert Dr. Amy Wolfson says some other negative effects of using phones after “lights out” are well-documented. For starters: Kids who surf the net, send texts or answer emails in bed get less sleep. That’s because the bright light coming from the screens on our devices mimics the daytime sky, which throws off production of the body’s sleep hormone, melatonin. And many studies show that teens who get less sleep are more likely to be overweight, get lower grades, and have more car crashes than teens who turn off their phones at night.
By the way, parents, don’t think that you’re off the hook. While adults don’t use their phones in bed as often as teens, sleep experts say the light emitted from our gadgets is just as damaging to Mom and Dad’s sleep cycle as it is to their child’s.