Rumour: Access to high-speed internet reduces sleep quality.
Truth: This is true.
About 20% of adults ages 19-29 have reported that notifications on their phones wake them up at night. Poor sleep has become a public health concern. Adults are recommended to sleep for seven to nine hours each night to be well-rested. Laptops, computers, tablets, and phones have made it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. These devices produce an artificial light that affects the human circadian rhythm and melatonin. Melatonin is the sleep hormone and the circadian rhythm regulates our daily cycle by responding to light.
German researchers conducted a study to examine the relationship between internet usage near bedtime and sleeping patterns, as high-speed internet influences the use of devices. The findings of this study are published in the Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization. The study found that individuals with better internet access had lower satisfaction in quality of sleep and shorter sleep duration, about 25 minutes less than those without. The study found that young adults were more affected. Read more about this study here.