How is your sleep being affected by too much screen time?

How much screen time is too much?
Posted at 11:18 AM, Aug 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 13:25:03-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A lot of us are guilty of it, staying up late at night with our smartphones or tablets before we fall asleep.

Some people don't even go to sleep.

How is this affecting sleep cycles and our health?

Studies indicate 90 percent of Americans are facing this digital dilemma.

That’s how many of us are spending at least an hour before bedtime on some sort of device.

And if you go to bed with your cell phone nearby, you're looking at some interruptions in sleep patterns.

A local sleep expert we spoke with tells us he's seeing the end result of this technological intrusion in the form of sleep deprivation and a variety of health issues.

"Sleep deprivation is like, you can borrow money from a bank, if you don't return it, you're in trouble,” said Dr. Salim Surani, a clinical professor of medicine at Texas A&M University’s Health Science Center who is board certified in sleep medicine.

We’ll hear more from Surani tonight in a special report on KRIS 6 News at 6 and 10 p.m.