Video Games Taking Already Scarce Teen Sleep

It may not surprise some parents, but a new study shows that teens that play video games get less sleep than they should.

This study was conducted by the American Psychiatric Association and analyzed 16,000 teens.  While the average American teen isn’t sleeping the proper amount, those who play video games are even less likely to get a good night’s sleep.  Researchers said the findings are concerning because lack of sleep can effect teen’s concentration and energy levels, among other things. While most schools start around 8 a.m., teens are staying up later and later to get their video gaming fix in, and they are losing vital sleep hours.

Teenagers might like one piece of good news that came from the study, however: television watching does not appear to impact how much sleep they’re getting.

Source: Associated Press