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doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000044
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TXT Me I'm Only Sleeping: Adolescents With Mobile Phones in Their Bedroom

Adachi-Mejia, Anna M. PhD; Edwards, Patricia M. MD; Gilbert-Diamond, Diane ScD; Greenough, Glen P. MD; Olson, Ardis L. MD

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The purpose of this study was to determine if mobile phones interfere with adolescent sleep. We conducted a pilot test in a pediatric primary care practice of 454 patients, half female (51.2%), 12 to 20 years old (mean = 15) attending a well-child visit. Adolescents completed paper-and-pencil surveys in the waiting room. More than half took their mobile phone to bed (62.9%) and kept it turned on while sleeping (56.8%). Almost half used their phone as their alarm (45.7%). More than one-third texted after going to bed (36.7%). Two or more times per week, 7.9% were awakened by a text after going to sleep.

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