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Volume:7, Number:38
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Apps, Social Media Pushing Back Sleep Time Over 1.5 Hours

Doctors at Bengaluru-based National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (Nimhans) in India have conducted a study which revealed that the use of the Internet for Facebook and WhatsApp is making people put off sleep by 100 minutes every day. In a 2016 study by the Service for Healthy Use of Technology (SHUT) clinic at Nimhans, researchers found that Internet use was also making people wake up 90 minutes later. The study, published in January in the Indian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, also found that while the quality of sleep was above average, most people usually checked their phones and tablets at least four times after going to bed. Sleep disorders and sleep loss, say doctors, can contribute to conditions varying from heart disease to anxiety.

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