Nowadays the lack of sleep often has serious causes in our day. One study states that the losses due to this amount to hundreds of billions of dollars worldwide (411,000 million in the United States or 60,000 million in Germany). In addition, it is also associated with a greater number of diseases and is the culprit of a sixth of traffic accidents in the United States. In addition to working long hours, stress, and increasing personal relationships, the Internet is also partly to blame.
Using screens at night negatively affects melatonin
This has been revealed by a study by Italian researchers funded by the European Research Council has determined that having high-speed Internet can lead to losing 25 minutes of sleep on average compared to those who do not have high-speed Internet. Thus, this study becomes the first to relate the lack of sleep with the Internet.
In addition to the fast Internet, the presence of portable devices that can be used in bed with WiFi facilitates this fact, as is the case of laptops, mobile phones or even televisions. In addition, the light emitted by the screens negatively affects the production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep cycles and that secretes when there is little light. Its production is linked to the amount of light that reaches the retina, so, if the light comes, the body understands that it is daytime.
The data on which they were based were obtained from Germany, where after reunification, East Germany opted for fiber optic, while the West opted for ADSL. Although fiber optic is better, at that time the advances in speed were made in the DSL lines so that users of the East at the end have a lower speed.
Young people are the ones who sleep least because of Internet “guilt”
Among all the data that the government has, were collected those that included the hours of sleep and the hours that the computers were used in each of the parts of the country, which allowed them to see how it affected the fast Internet access and divide it by ages. There they saw that young person are the ones who sleep the most, and the loss of hours stabilizes after 31 years (probably due to the habits related to working hours of adulthood).
Staying late at the computer playing games, watching videos or chatting is something tempting, and there are those who prefer to keep doing it until late. The faster the Internet, the more content we can see and download, which opens up a world of possibilities. Therefore, the researchers ask that more studies be done in this area and that healthy habits be encouraged to be able to sleep the necessary hours.