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Fam Community Health. 2014 Oct-Dec;37(4):252-7. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000044.

TXT me I'm only sleeping: adolescents with mobile phones in their bedroom.

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Department of Pediatrics (Drs Adachi-Mejia and Olson), Department of Community and Family Medicine (Drs Gilbert-Diamond and Olson), and Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology (Dr Greenough), Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Lebanon; The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Lebanon (Dr Adachi-Mejia); Concord Hospital, Concord (Dr Edwards); and Cancer Control Research Program (Dr Adachi-Mejia and Olson) and Cancer Epidemiology and Chemoprevention Research Program (Dr Gilbert-Diamond), Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire.


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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