How Technology Affects Sleep Deprivation

In recent decades, insufficient sleep has become a more prevalent health concern. Due to new inventions in technology such as artificial light, the work day has gotten progressively longer and longer. Rather than supporting the body’s circadian rhythm, people rely on caffeine and melatonin to get through the day. College students in particular are at a much higher health risk of sleep deprivation, and new “wakefulness pills” are being abused in place of energy drinks and coffee. However, all of these aids to help relieve the effects of sleep deprivation do not actually target the root of the issue: getting adequate sleep.

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