In recent years, admissions to the hospital for sleep disorders have increased by 44% among those under 16 in Great Britain.
In Britain, thousands of children and teenagers suffer from insomnia, one of the causes being the excessive use of social media before going to bed. The figures released by the British health authorities show that the number of young people under 16 hospitalized for sleep disorders has increased sharply in the last 6 years.
These admissions after a diagnosis of sleep disorder went from 6520 in 2012-2013 to 9429 last year, according to figures released by The Guardian. “Sleep problems are a huge problem… it’s a hidden public health crisis,” say experts who say more and more children are suffering from anxiety-inducing sleep disorders. “They are under intense pressure at school and peer pressure on social media,” says the director of a London sleep clinic. The latter has also noted a sharp increase in requests for a prescription for melatonin, a hormone naturally produced by the body in the dark and which helps people fall asleep and to remain asleep.
The figures also show that there were 8274 hospitalizations in children under 16 years old for sleep apnea. An increase due to the epidemic of obesity children.