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Kaj lahko naredimo, da ne bomo neprespani zaradi naših naprav in napravic? Foto: Pv Productions/ Dreamstime
Kaj lahko naredimo, da ne bomo neprespani zaradi naših naprav in napravic? Foto: Pv Productions/ Dreamstime

I (don’t) sleep

Did you know that the blue light emitted by screens of all kinds has a very bad effect on our sleep?

Do you know what doctors and other experts recommend?

Last year, as part of a Safe.si project, a survey was conducted among Slovenian students. The results were extremely interesting, but not fun.

Even those of us who deal with the safe use of the Internet were unpleasantly surprised. We knew that teenagers have problems due to excessive use of the Internet. It turns out that there are more issues than we thought.

Many teenagers are severely sleep deprived due to the use of phones, apps, and social networks.

More than half of elementary school teenage girls (56 %) reported that screen time made them sleepless. Among these girls – 63 % are 9th graders. As many as three-quarters of female students answered that they sleep too little because of using their phones.

It is interesting that in the survey, fewer boys than girls answered that they lack sleep – 37 % in elementary school and 45% in high school. Despite this fact, it is still a high percentage. Every third elementary school student over the last three years and every second high school student have been reportedly sleepless.

Why is this so problematic?

Sleep is important for everyone – big and small, old and young.

Sleep is even more important for children and teenagers. When you sleep, your body undergoes changes related to growing up. You grow while you sleep .

It’s harder for you to study without sleep. This means that you spend more time studying or get poorer grades due to lack of sleep.

What can we do to prevent screens from causing us to lose sleep?

To get started, we can look at experts’ recommendations.

They say, among other things, that all devices with screens, especially smartphones, should be put down no later than two hours before going to bed. The blue light they emit prevents the natural formation of melatonin, which is called the sleep hormone.

Sleep and cell phones.  Photo: Info84383/Dreamstime
Foto: Info84383/Dreamstime

That’s why sometimes it’s hard to go to bed. It wouldn’t be too much of a problem if we could get up whenever we wanted, but if school is the next day – getting up after a short night is terribly difficult.

In the future, we should decide to follow these recommendations. Even kids can sometimes be a good example for their parents.

For example, if you take your phone into the living room to charge it in the evening, and you ask your parents to buy you an alarm clock – you might be able to convince them to do the same.

The decision to put away your device is not an easy one. This is because the Internet is like a pastry shop – we see virtual sweets everywhere that promise us instant pleasure.

Our time and our attention bring profit to the owners of the platforms we like to hang out on – be it social networks, apps, or games.

All of them are constantly trying to convince us to stay there as long as possible.

Resist their tricks so you don’t end up like Kiki, who sings sadly about not sleeping.

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Song Lyrics translation (Slovene > English):
"I Don't Sleep" by KiKi

The lights are off
The party is over
Today the work begins
But I don't sleep (I sleep, I sleep, I sleep)
There is nothing here that scares
Only in my head everything rages
The first bird wakes up
But I don't sleep (I sleep, I sleep, I sleep)

When thoughts are jumping all over the place
The dawn is already shining on my face
When it seems like I'll be here forever
I wish it would pass

Ah, come on

I'm keeping my eyes open
I'm afraid of something (What?)
Heavy fatigue does not let me down
But I'm not sleeping yet (I'm sleeping, I'm sleeping, I'm sleeping)
What if I just stayed here
Forgotten responsibilities
She withdrew from all people
But I'm not sleeping yet (I'm sleeping, I'm sleeping, I'm sleeping)

How can I leave the body
He gasps for breath night and day
I seriously let this happen
I won't have peace anymore

I don't sleep, I don't sleep, I don't sleep, I don't sleep
I don't sleep, I don't sleep, I don't sleep, I don't sleep
I don't sleep, I don't sleep, it's already day

But sometimes it happens (It happens…)
To manage to close my eyes (Close my eyes!)
Nights are beautiful like that
When I can sleep
When I can sleep
When I can sleep

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The original version of this article was published on March 4th.

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Maja

Vreča dela na Arnesu in sodeluje v projektu Safe.si. Želi si, da bi čim več ljudi razumelo ozadja novih tehnologij - da bi bili več kot le uporabniki, da bi bili pametni uporabniki interneta.

Rebecca

Svetina is an English translator, EFL educator, and graphic designer. She is an American who has lived in Slovenia since 2008. She loves hiking and traveling with her family.

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