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Does Your Internet Use Affect Your Sleep?

Your late night Sugar Network visits and Conan O'Brien obsession might be the reason why you feel like you don't get enough sleep. According to a new study, people who spend time at the computer or watching TV before they count sheep may feel sleepier than those who don't.

The study, which was conducted by Dr. Nakamori Suganuma, of Osaka University, Japan, found that even though the tested subjects slept almost as long as people who spend fewer pre-bedtime hours in front of a computer or television screen, they still felt tired. Up to 38 percent of the respondents of the study listed accessing the Internet far into the night as a possible cause for their sleep disturbance, while about 25 percent said watching television far into the night caused their sleep problems. Do you think late night media consumption is messing with your Zzzs?

asmariamoon asmariamoon 10 years
I sometimes feel more tired after waking up when I was on the computer most of the night before, but that's probably because I stay up till at least 12, if not 2 or 3 most nights... If we mindlessly follow the media, everything has its drawbacks, cellphones supposedly give you brain cancer, TV and video games supposedly lower your IQ (though most the people I know who play video games have an IQ well above average) now they're saying that being on the internet too long makes you sleepier... Personally, I don't buy it. Seems too much like the media attacking the competition. The internet only costs 20-30 dollars a month, and is a way of getting your news completely free of charge, without having to wait through boring commercials to get it. Sure, there's always the flashy banner ads, but those are easily ignored.
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
yes. i am always awake thinking of things to post on Minimal Harm or other areas of Teamsugar!
millarci millarci 10 years
During college, I'm also one who surfed the web and used AIM til wee hours in the morning. But now that I'm working on the computer all day, I don't spend too much time on the computer. I like relaxing with a little tv time after work.
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 10 years
No. I get my sleep.
tshellyedwards tshellyedwards 10 years
I'm with ur_momm and dmblauren here! :) I'm at my computer all day anyway, so when I get home I really have no desire to be surfing the net. But definitely a year ago when I was still in college... uh-huh, I loved me some Internet time! lol.. ;)
balisane balisane 10 years
My husband, who is an insommniac to begin with. def. sleeps better when i take his laptop out of the bedroom. That way, instead of waking up, rolling over and checking his email "just because he's awake anyway" and getting involved in things, he goes back to sleep 3 times out of 5.
dmblauren dmblauren 10 years
^^^ exactly ur_momm! in college we would IM our roommates who were in the room with us! now i sit on the computer all day and go on a bit in the evening. before bed though i have to read or else i am unable to fall asleep.
ur_momm ur_momm 10 years
haha, when i was in college, definitely!!! i would have 8 am classes and i would be on the net till 2 am chatting with friends... soooo bad!!! not now though, after being at a computer all day long at work, i dont wanna sit in front of a screen at home.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
I'm sure it does. Especially on nights where I can't fall asleep and decide to turn on the computer or the T.V., and then I really stay awake.
nashbly nashbly 10 years
Sometimes. Somedays my lack of sleep is how stressed i am, but sometimes was the long hours in front of the computer (studiying, preparing presentations, reading or searching information for school).
nitronat nitronat 10 years
Personally, I believe my lack of sleep and how tired I feel has to do with how early I get up, how much school work I have to do, how stressed I feel about school related things (i.e. class registration, exams, lab reports), and how much tennis I've played that day/week. Online time sometimes gets my brain functioning again after studying a lot depending on the extent of brain-drain. It's simple, less thinking involved. However, interesting theory. But I don't think it's going to make much of a difference for me. If it would make a slight difference I still wouldn't cut my online time. In some cases I'd probably feel more tired (studying without taking a break).
c0rkie c0rkie 10 years
for sure. i need to stop being on the computer...
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