Sleeping habits in Israel were studied a lot in the 80s, 90s and 2000s. If you look back to 1981, you’ll see that studies were done on Israeli industrial workers. The studies revolved around sleep disturbances and sleeping habits, and it’s important to look at the changes we’re experiencing in today’s society.
At the time, 33% went to bed between 23:00 and 24:00, and about the same number went to bed around 22:00 – 23:00. Weekend bedtimes remained relatively the same, and 15 minutes before bed, some 32.4% of people read books.
I am sure reading has changed to checking social media and playing on a smartphone.
The study found that 16.4% of workers took a nap in the afternoon, and 2.6% of people took a short nap in the middle of work. Females had a much harder time falling asleep, 12.1% compared to 6.6% for males. Midsleep awakenings occurred in 11.2% of people.
Social media and smartphones have made it even more difficult for people to fall asleep and stay asleep. Teenagers are losing sleep because of social media, and an additional study from Texas A&M University found that social media had a negative impact on a persons’ mental health.
Even using social media for an hour or two a day can have a negative impact on a teen’s sleeping habits. Screen light has also been shown to suppress melatonin production, which as we know, is what helps the body control sleep.
Parents that have tried everything from taking away their teens’ phones to changing single size mattresses and even giving their kids serotonin supplements will be happy to know that there are Israeli companies working on the sleep problems in Israel.
Ben-Gurion University has developed a new audio-analysis technology, first revealed in 2017, that can help determine sleep disorders while a person is awake. This analysis can help determine if a person is suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) without needing to be hooked up to machines or in a special facility.
The system has the potential to change the way that we detect sleep-related disorders because it can be installed on mobile devices. Using a microphone to conduct the analysis, the technology will analyze a person’s breathing sounds while they’re asleep and speech during waking hours.
A Herzliya company, called dayzz, is also working to help Israelis sleep better with a personalized sleep training app. What the app does is study a users’ sleeping habits and overall lifestyle habits. Even a person’s phone usage and fitness may be tracked to provide a better overall picture of a persons’ lifestyle.
The app will run through its own analysis, creating suggestions on how to improve your sleeping habits. The app will actively adapt and change to match the needs of the user as their habits change. Everything from when to stop drinking coffee to how to improve snoring problems will be suggested.
Through notifications and recommendations, the app will help a person monitor their sleeping habits and improve them.
With studies showing 43% of teens slept less than 7 hours in 2015, a 22% rise over a three-year period, it’s important that as parents, we all pay attention to our child’s sleeping habits and smartphone usage. Simple limits, and advancements, may allow for a child that is more awake, does better in school and is able to remain a healthy weight.