THE SMALL HOURS
It’s not just the blue light from devices
that’s keeping teens up past their bedtime – they may fear missing out on all the happenings on social media, too. A study published in the Journal of Adolescence looked at the sleep habits of 12 to 18–year–olds and found that those who stayed up late scrolling through social media had increased pre–sleep
arousal – that is, instead of winding down, their minds were more activated before bed – and so slept for fewer hours each night, as well as taking longer to fall
asleep. Researchers found that FOMO was the culprit in two ways: teens stayed
up later because they wanted to stay up–to–date on social media postings, and subsequently, that time online made it
harder for their brains to shut off.