On the occasion of World Sleep Day, the doctors at NIMHANs have a message for you.It’s not so much an SMS as perhaps an SOS – your internet activities are delaying your bed time by around 90 minutes every day.
On the occasion of World Sleep Day, the doctors at NIMHANs have a message for you. It’s not so much an SMS as perhaps an SOS – your internet activities are delaying your bed time by around 90 minutes every day.
In a 2016 study conducted by the Service for Healthy Use of Technology (SHUT) clinic at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience (NIMHANS), Bangalore, researchers found that use of the internet for Facebooking and Whatsapping were making people go to bed 1.6 hours later on average and wake up 1.5 hours later. The study, published in January this year, in the Indian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine”, also found that while the average quality of sleep was above average, most people usually checked their phones and tablets at least four times after going to bed.
Sleep disorders, says doctors, can contribute to conditions varying from heart disease to anxiety.
A 2015 study conducted by a Gurgaon-based private hospital and reported in TOI revealed that 90% of young heart attack victims were people who do not sleep well.
The application keeping most people up was WhatsApp (58.5%), says psychiatrist Dr Manoj Kumar Sharma, additional professor at SHUT clinic, and one of the lead researchers in the study. “This was followed by Facebook usage (32.6%). Messenger applications other than WhatsApp and Hike were used rarely (65.7%). Gmail was shown to be frequently used by participants (45.3%),” he adds.
The research, says Dr Sharma, also showed that 60% of the participants used their mobile along with other devices such as desktops, laptops, and tablet at home as well; with 42% of the participants acknowledging that they postponed work just to be on the internet.