Scientists have expressed concern regarding excess social medial engagement habit found in young adults. A recent study has found out that excessive online activities including social media engagement can cause sleep related problems in adults.
Every person has a specific sleep cycle. Ideally, you should go to bed exactly at the same time every day. But social media addiction is a potential threat to this healthy habit. Social media engagement during the bedtime can disturb the sleep cycle and make a person sleep deprived.
After the official announcement of the study and the evidences found, many young adults questioned the validity of the research. The young generation who grew up with social media finds it very hard to believe that social media activities has anything to do with poor sleeping habit. But scientists are quite confident about the evidences found and they expect to conduct more research on this to figure out the exact cause and effect relation.
During the study, Jessica Levenson and her team decided to closely investigate the social media activities of 1,800 Americans aged between 19 and 32. The found that all participants spent around 61 minutes a day in social media and visited social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at least 30 times a week.
Nearly 30 per cent of the study participants reported sleep problems. That’s quite a big proportion. Now, although scientists are saying that they need more time to clearly analyze the exact factors contributing to this problem, they also believe that the findings can be rationally explained various ways. If a person is active on social media and is also facing sleep problems, it can be due to –
• Sleep replacement. This means, when you stay up very late in the night to post a picture on Facebook, it breaks your natural sleeping cycle.
• Excessive social media engagement before bedtime can make you mentally, emotionally and physically active.
• Scientists also believe that the bright light flashing from the smart devices can also be a strong reason for sleep problems.
The evidences scientists found during the research are very strong. Who needs sleepless nights after all? Instead of being too active on social media, you should spend more time on activities like meditation. 20 minutes of meditation just before the bedtime can immediately relax the mind and make you physically and emotionally calm. You need a relaxed and calm mind before you go to sleep. And social media engagement before the bedtime is just the most undesirable thing to do.
Sometimes some adults, who fail to fall asleep quickly, opt to surf social media sites until they feel tired and feel like going back to sleep. This is a disastrous thing to do. If you’re not able to sleep, then read a book. Social media engagement stimulates the brain and prompts various types of emotional responses. You may feel anxious, happy, depressed or sad. And these types of brain activities and emotional response are not ideal for you if you’re trying to have a great sleep.
You should stay away from excess social media engagement for your own wellbeing. So in addition to teens, now adults should also be a little careful about their day to day social media engagement habit. Social media activities in the night is not good for the health of adults as it can disrupt the normal sleeping cycle. You may expect to see more research on this in the future.