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The Sleepless Smartphone Era: How Phone Usage Can Mess with “Beauty” Sleep

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Photo by Payton Aleksandrian
An iPad is being used late at night. The given student stayed up on their iPad instead of going to bed. “When I go to bed, I tend to stay up on my phone a lot longer than I want to,” said junior Maddy Donlon.

When walking around a high school or anywhere in general, phones can be seen everywhere. Whether they are in people’s pockets, in their hands, or if they are simply used for listening to music, phones have become very integrated into society. Many people go on their phones for hours without a second thought, but can this affect their sleep?
Intermountianhealthcare.org states, “The blue light emitted by your cell phone screen restrains the production of melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep-wake cycle. This makes it even more difficult to fall asleep and wake up the next day,” they said.
Phones make sleep harder to achieve and make it harder to wake up. This is the reason why people want to go to bed at a late time and wake up late.
According to lemonade.com, “Countless studies have shown that phone activity causes the release of dopamine in our brains, making us feel aroused, motivated, and happy.”
Dopamine is released when you find something exciting and fun. This is what phones do. They can make people want to stay on their phones for longer and longer periods, not to mention that this can expose people to more blue light from their phones, making them stay up longer.
“When I am on my phone for a long time, I tend to find that I sleep worse,” said freshman Macy Green.
The blue light on phones can affect lots of people’s sleep. This can then affect grades, as being tired throughout the school day can cause attention- and health-related problems. High phone usage affects the grades of many adolescents.
People should limit their phone time to two hours daily to get the best sleep possible. It isn’t always easy to stay off a phone for that long, so it is important to try to limit oneself to at most an hour on a phone per day to get better sleep.

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Payton Aleksandrian
Payton Aleksandrian, Staff Writer
(She/Her) Payton Aleksandrian is a Freshman at Mission Hills High School who loves rollerblading and hanging out with friends. She chose Journalism because her friends were doing it, and thought it would be a fun class. She is thrilled to be part of this class and to hopefully make some great stories for the Silvertip.