Science&Tech Young European people deprived sleep and smartphones are to blame By WeeklyNews staff Posted on March 7, 2019 2 min read Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ It is bad for us and yet we do it all. Before going to bed you can have a look at YouTube, watch the latest news or chat with friends. Several studies have shown that our brains can then be difficult to get to sleep. Now the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) is also calling. The institute announces that Dutch young people between the ages of 13 and 18 are suffering from sleeping problems by using the smartphone in bed at night. The RIVM, together with the Amsterdam UMC, conducted research into the effects of smartphone use in low light among young people. Among children between the ages of 8 and 13, 22 percent say they play the smartphone every day before bedtime. A relatively small number, but these are still young kids. In teenagers aged 13 to 18 years this number is even at 83 percent. The advice is not to actually use the smartphone in bed. If this is inevitable, use a Dark Mode if the app supports this. Also Android and iOS know a special mode to make the image somewhat yellow, which is more tolerable for your eyes in low light.