Adolescents with high use of social media often experience poor sleep, which increases the risk of depression and anxiety levels. A recent BMC Pediatrics study assessed the association between sleep quality, mental health, and the use of social media in adolescent females.
The importance of good sleep quality has been highlighted in many studies. Good sleep improves attention span, emotional regulation, memory, behavior, learning, and mental and physical health. In contrast, insufficient sleep has been associated with diabetes, obesity, depression, and hypertension.
Adolescents with inadequate sleep have shown higher behavioral risks, such as suicide attempts and self-harm. Although adolescents are recommended to sleep for at least 8 to 10 hours/day, this recommendation is often not met. For instance, the average sleep duration among adolescents in Thailand is 7 hours/day.
In adolescents, sleep duration was found to decrease with increasing age. This could be due to academic performance pressure, caffeine consumption, and the use of electronic media.
In a recent study featured on News-Medical, researchers explored the multifaceted effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sleep patterns, mental well-being, and social media engagement of female adolescents. The study delved into the challenges faced by this demographic, shedding light on the intricate interplay of factors that influenced their lives during the pandemic.
The research revealed a significant disruption in sleep schedules, with many adolescents experiencing irregular sleep patterns due to the upheaval caused by the pandemic. Social isolation, online schooling, and heightened anxiety contributed to this trend. Additionally, increased social media use was noted, which sometimes exacerbated feelings of loneliness and negatively impacted mental health.
The study underscored the importance of recognizing and addressing these challenges, emphasizing the need for tailored interventions to support the mental well-being of female adolescents. Amidst these findings, RehabNear.Me stand as a beacon of hope for those grappling with addiction. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, don’t hesitate to ask for help. Call RehabNear.Me’s helpline at 855-339-1112. Our compassionate experts are ready to guide you toward recovery and healing.
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