Study: Late Night Texting Keeping Teens From Sleep

Late night texting and too much screen time have parents concerned their kids are overstimulated, and not getting enough sleep.

A new article published by researcher in Australia suggests sleepy kids are nothing new. They tracked sleep data more than a hundred years. Actual sleep has always been about half an hour less than what's recommended, and concerns about modern life and over-stimulation were expressed consistently, dating back to 1897.


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  • by john Location: farmville on Feb 19, 2012 at 03:51 PM
    adults seem to have a problem with it also.
  • by obamanot on Feb 13, 2012 at 02:14 PM
    If you lack parenting skills and this happens just pull out the old 45 cal or whatever and blow the phone away.That will fix it!
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Feb 14, 2012 at 04:21 PM in reply to obamanot
      Saw that video today dealing with a teen's laptop. I wouldn't recommend it as a regular way of dealing with your teen though. There are less violent, intelligent, communicative methods available. But as you say, if you lack parenting skills...I disagree!! GO GET PARENTING SKILLS, and quit exhibiting/teaching violence...for cryin' out loud.
  • by SierraLeigh Location: Jax on Feb 13, 2012 at 01:00 PM
    Just like OLI said...it's called parenting. My kids have to give me their cell phones and laptops at 9pm each night and don't get them back until the next morning. They sure won't be sleep deprived at least from those two things. :)
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Feb 14, 2012 at 04:30 PM in reply to SierraLeigh
      Good for you. I notice, most 'quality parents' practice good methods like that. The children may moan & groan now, but you're doing the best thing for them for the future.
  • by Labbrat on Feb 13, 2012 at 09:03 AM
    Back in my day we didn't have cell phones! We sent up smoke signals and tied soup cans together and we liked it so Mehhh!!
  • by J-man Location: Kinston on Feb 13, 2012 at 06:33 AM
    Brilliant!! It took a "study" to inform of us this??! Let's see, if my teen is late night bicycle riding, it keeps her from sleeping. If she is late night painting, it keeps her from sleeping. If she is late night dog training, it keeps her from sleeping!! See the pattern? Idiots, if you're doing something other than sleeping, it KEEPS YOU FROM SLEEPING!!
  • by amy on Feb 13, 2012 at 05:49 AM
    Just in: Sky rumored to be blue. Details at 11.
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Feb 13, 2012 at 05:30 AM
    Simple solution; have the teen give the parent the phone at a certain time each evening. Whose in charge? The teen or the parent? Set up phone rules/privileges. It's that easy.
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      by DIXIECHICK on Feb 14, 2012 at 04:04 AM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
      You would think that the parents would figure this out. It's so simple.
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        by Formerly O.L.I. on Feb 14, 2012 at 04:28 PM in reply to DIXIECHICK
        Exactly; some parents want to be 'friends' which is the worst thing you can do with your child. A Successful Parent will 'Set rules; Enforce them in a gentle manner; Don't back down; Take away privileges when an infraction occurs. Sadly, many of today's 'parents' don't have these basic skills and think buying 'stuff/junk food' is parenting. Kudos to those young people who are using the wiser methods, and truly taking a future interest in their precious children. God Bless the Conscientious Parents.
  • by GvillePir8 Location: Eastern NC on Feb 13, 2012 at 04:29 AM
    This is a ridiculous 'study'. Teens have always found a reason to stay up . . . movies, radio, or on the phone with friends. Texting is simply the newer technology they're using.
  • by Anonymous too on Feb 13, 2012 at 04:16 AM
    Did anyone even read this story before posting it? It looks like something a teen would post late at night....
  • by Anonymous on Feb 13, 2012 at 03:46 AM
    When I was a teenager I literally fell asleep while talking on the phone to friends multiple times.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Feb 13, 2012 at 05:33 AM in reply to
      We weren't allowed to do that at my house. Use of the phone was restricted to getting/sharing information about important things like appointments, meetings, and visits. We could talk for a few minutes to friends with a 10 min. limit. It was called 'parenting'.
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