ERIC Number: EJ1172059
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Sleep Habits and Nighttime Texting among Adolescents
Garmy, Pernilla; Ward, Teresa M.
Journal of School Nursing, v34 n2 p121-127 Apr 2018
The aim of this study was to examine sleep habits (i.e., bedtimes and rising times) and their association with nighttime text messaging in 15- to 17-year-old adolescents. This cross-sectional study analyzed data from a web-based survey of adolescent students attending secondary schools in southern Sweden (N = 278, 50% female). Less than 8 hr of time in bed during school nights was significantly associated with more sleep difficulties, wake time variability on school days and weekends, daytime tiredness, and less enjoyment at school (all ps < 0.05). Sending and/or receiving text messages (Short Message Service [SMS]) at night was significantly associated with later bedtimes, shorter time in bed, daytime tiredness during school, and irregular sleep habits (p < 0.05). These findings highlight the importance of regular, consistent sleep habits and the problems associated with sleeping with a cell phone in the bedroom.
Descriptors: Sleep, Synchronous Communication, Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Correlation, Secondary School Students, Online Surveys, Student Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Questionnaires, Gender Differences, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden
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