US Kids Seriously Sleep-Deprived
Experts say smartphone use at night may contribute to sleep deprivation
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2013 2:15 PM CDT
Boston College study says US students are the most sleep-deprived in the world   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – The US has the most sleep-deprived pupils in the world, and the late-night glow of smartphones and laptops is probably contributing to a lack of slumber. A study out of Boston College finds that US students are sleep-deprived at a rate almost 30% higher than the international average, with 73% of 9- to 10-year-olds and 80% of 13- to 14-year-olds not getting enough snores. And those students who did get enough rest sat through classes that were dumbed-down to accommodate their sleepy peers.

"I think we underestimate the impact of sleep," one researcher tells the BBC, noting children who get more sleep perform better in math, science, and reading. "It's the same link for children who are lacking basic nutrition." Experts say the light from smartphone and laptop screens at night—close to the eyes—is posing a barrier to the onset of sleep, which may account for more technologically advanced countries faring worse in the study.

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thegayblade
May 12, 2013 6:39 AM CDT
It's not just smart phones. We ask too much of kids these days. They have to be full time students, they have to play sports, they have to do charity work, oh and somewhere in their day they're supposed to play. As they get older, we add to this list the need to get a part time job. When we stop trying to win college admission for our children when they are 6 years old and cut back on all the stuff we load their schedules with, our kids will be happier, they will learn more in school and they will get more sleep.
sweetg
May 11, 2013 11:21 PM CDT
please this not a new problem. many people are night people. if you need an alarm to wake your up your not following your body clock. centuries ago when we had only sun for lighting everything like work and school needed to be done during hours of light. it just out of dated belief now. most are just happy to follow the pack in the 9-5 world then cry about how tired they are. school needs to change hours teenagers with hormones etc don't want to sleep at 10pm get up at 6am.
BCS
May 11, 2013 8:43 PM CDT
I don't understand why so many people thought this was hilarious. We're falling behind the rest of the world in math and science. There are multiple reasons for that, and sleep deprivation is one of them. An under rested brain is not fully functioning.