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Is it OK to let my teen sleep with her phone under her pillow?
It isn't a good idea. Not only can technology interfere with teens' required 9+ hours of shut-eye -- creating problems with everything from school performance to behavior -- it can also cause anxiety. A study by the University of Glasgow found the need to be available 24/7 on social media can make kids feel depressed and anxious. There's also the phenomenon of "sleep-texting," whereby people send text messages in their sleep, which can wreak havoc on a young person's social life.
Finally, there's some concern about the exposure to electromagnetic radiation (EMR) emitted by cell phones. While cell phone EMR has not been shown to cause cancer in humans, there are several ongoing studies exploring the effects. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends kids don't carry cell phones on their bodies -- and under the pillow might be too close for comfort. We suggest you charge your teen's phone in your room at night.