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

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


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.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior*
  • Cell Phone / statistics & numerical data*
  • Child
  • Data Collection
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • New Hampshire
  • Obesity / etiology
  • Pilot Projects
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Distribution
  • Sleep Deprivation / complications
  • Sleep Deprivation / etiology*
  • Text Messaging / statistics & numerical data
  • Young Adult