Young people's sleep is disturbed by their screens and a lack of regularity

The results of the INSV / MGEN survey conducted on the occasion of the 18th Day of Sleep are alarming. Young people sleep badly, especially those who are connected to the NICTs (this is what we call the New Information and Communication Technologies), at night in bed and shift between the week and the days of rest.

This 18th World Day of Sleep will be dedicated to young people.

For generations, parents have struggled to offer their children the most "restorative" sleep possible. Popular language served as prevention campaigns. It is one of the rare areas of health, where the effort of sensitization was not necessary and a fact shared by everyone, on the major role of sleep for development, whether professional or personal.

Unfortunately these NICTs, to speak simply TV, laptop, tablet and computer have chased the traditional story of prince charming or evening fairy, to propose a series of passive entertainment - again sleep can occur - but especially active, who leave children totally awake, sometimes in the middle of the night.

This is confirmed by the survey: 99% of young people regularly use ICT and 8 out of 10 young people say spend more than an hour in bed before turning off the light to sleep.

But no question of sleep: once in bed, 83% of young people are on screens, mainly for interactive activities: social networks, internet, games ...

We must add a little known but fundamental concept: a late exposure to the blue light screens delays the moment of falling asleep at the expense of the quality of sleep of these young cybernauts. However, we know the parade: download a free application, but few parents do, neither for their children, nor for themselves elsewhere.

We know that sleep conditions good physical, emotional and knowledge ... So we have to start work again, almost at the beginning, especially since some parents are starting, too, to be of the NICT generation ...

Positively, they complain

According to this survey, 88% of young people feel sleep deprived. With rare exceptions, all (99%) complain about the impact of this lack of sleep on their day: fatigue, lack of attention, irritability and nervousness, sleepiness ...

This is also logical since more than a third report experiencing difficulties to fall asleep, on average at 23:20 the week, and at 0:49 the weekend. To get up in the morning at 7:02 and 9:43, respectively. 42% of them wake up at night with difficulties to go back to sleep, on average for one hour.

In all, and this is a serious finding, nearly 4 out of 10 youths sleep less than 7 hours a week during the week, while the recommendation in this age group is, remember, 8 hours.

The Weekend theoretically made for rest

The survey shows that 15-24 year-olds take advantage of the weekend to sleep longer. They go to bed 1 hour later, but wake up 2h40 later than during the week. A positive total criticized by the specialists who carried out this work, by invoking a "jet lag of the summer on the academic results and their development. Certainly ! But this is nothing new and for generations, parents have always fought against this phenomenon that is not related to NICTs, but to a tradition firmly rooted in the generations of the industrialized world. They also like their parents by imitating them with doses of caffeine or nicotine too important.

One observation: everyone is to be informed.

The nap poorly managed

We could be delighted to see that 1 in 5 young people have at least one nap a week, but with more than 1 hour to 2 hours of sleep for 63% of them. However, for the nap to be restorative without compromising the sleep of the following night, do not sleep more than 30 minutes.

One in five young people think that physical activity is a good way to fight against lack of sleep. Which is accurate and shows that some messages for their parents are starting to pass. With exercise, their sleep is better: they fall asleep earlier, are less likely to have difficulty falling asleep, and they feel they need less sleep to get in shape.

Still, more than a third of young people do not practice any regular physical activity, especially high school students, students, apprentices, in employment who often spend less than one hour per week.

Take care of your sleep from 15 to 24 years old: the 5 tips of survey specialists.

1 At night, digital curfew, At least one hour before going to bed and all night long!

2 Schedules of sunsets and regular sunrises

3 On the weekends, maintain the same bedtime and do not shift too much

4 Avoid the excitants: caffeine, nicotine, various substances?

5 Physical activity every day 30 minutes or more on rest days