Night phone use worsens teen mental health

teenTeenagers who use their mobiles late at night sleep worse than those who don’t, leading to poorer mental health, reduced coping and lower self-esteem, Western Australian researchers have found.

Students were asked what time of the night they received or sent text messages and phone calls, as well as their perceptions of their sleep quality, in the four-year study by Murdoch and Griffith universities.

The study surveyed 1100 students from 29 schools, starting in Year 8 and following them until Year 11.

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