Suffering from Nomophobia? You Could be In Trouble!
There are a lot of phobia's out there, and now, in our modern times, a new one has been identified, Nomophobia! Oh, the horror of it all. A study has found around 90% of college students are now suffering from it.
This is so sad, too, because I would guess that more of the population, not just college students, are suffering from Nomophobia as well.
So.....what is it? Nomophobia is.....get ready.....a fear of being without your smart phone! Oh, no!
In truth, Nomophobia can be so debilitating that many who suffer from it were also more likely to experience sleepiness and poorer sleep hygiene such as long naps and inconsistent bed and wake times.
Now, this study was no weak, silly study conducted by some useless group with too much time on their hands. According to the website Sleepmeeting.org, the research team included co-investigators David Mastin, PhD, and Bruce Moore, PhD, from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where the other co-authors are undergraduate student researchers: Shalonda Michelle, Benjamin T. Collins, Nataly Abu-Halimeh, Monnar Quattom, Maya Henderson, Madison Sanders, and Jeremiah Critton.
Is there a solution? The researchers suggest one common recommendation for improving sleep habits is to limit phone use before and during bedtime. However, they said that for people who have nomophobia, this recommendation could exacerbate bedtime anxiety and disrupt sleep, rather than improve it.
To sleep with, or sleep without your phone, that is the question!