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Does the speed of our internet affect sleep?
Can access to high-speed internet have a negative impact on sleeping habits? Researchers have now found that people with high-speed internet access (so-called high-speed internet) are more likely to suffer from sleep problems.
In their current study, the scientists at Bocconi University found that access to high-speed Internet reduces sleep duration and sleep satisfaction in people who are faced with time constraints in the morning for work or family reasons. The doctors published the results of their study in the English-language journal "Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization".
People with DSL sleep 25 minutes less
Experts say that people with DSL access generally sleep 25 minutes less than people without such an Internet connection. People with a fast internet connection get between seven and nine hours of sleep per night, the sleep duration recommended by the scientific community, much less frequently. There is also an increased likelihood that these people will be unsatisfied with their sleep, says study author Francesco Billari from Bocconi University.
These people are particularly at risk
The observed effect mainly affects people who have very little time in the morning and use electronic devices in the evening, the scientists explain. However, the use of technical devices during the day did not show a correspondingly clear effect.
Digital temptations delay bedtime
Digital temptations can delay bedtime, ultimately reducing the length of time that people who are unable to compensate for later bedtime by getting up later in the morning, Billari is quoted in The Times.
Computer games, television and smartphones rob us of sleep
The type of temptation varies from individual to individual. Age has a big impact. In teenagers and young adults (between 13 and 30 years) there is a significant correlation between lack of sleep and the time spent on computer games or watching television in the evening. Older adults (31 to 59 years) have a correlation with the use of PCs and smartphones.
The speed of Internet access has a major impact on the quality of computer games and the use of the Internet with smartphones is also strongly influenced by the speed of access. Presumably, it is simply more fun for users to spend time on the Internet when loading and waiting times are short and more time can be invested in the interesting content. However, this in turn affects the quality of sleep. (as)