Social Media Blamed For Sleep Deprivation In Teens

Doctors are warning parents to check on their teenagers after hours, because more and more adolescents are suffering from sleep deprivation because they're up late on their phones and that could lead to major health problems.

(Published Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017)

More and more adolescents are suffering from sleep deprivation because they're up late on their phone, according to doctors, and that can lead to major health problems.

Some tell-tale signs of sleep deprivation, like yawning, in your teenagers could be signs that it's time to step in.

Domino's Pizza is tweaking its home delivery service for those times you're not at home.
After years of delivery right to your doorstep, Domino's drivers will now deliver to outdoor locations.
That includes beaches, parks, landmarks, and other outdoor locations across the country.
Domino's says its drivers will deliver to 150-thousand locations from the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, to the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign.
The locations are now active and show up in the company's app or website as "Domino's Hotspots."
Customers pre-pay for their orders, select a location, and your pizza is on the way.
Previously, Domino's delivered to offbeat locations, but, the new service sets up designated drop off points.
The service was tested last fall in Miami before being rolled out nationwide.

(Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

"Parents should not just trust that their teens are putting these devices away and never looking at them in the middle of the night," said Dr. Dave Atkinson, medical director of the teen recovery program at Children's Health and an assistant professor at UT Southwestern.

Based on his patient trends, one of the main reason children aren't sleeping is because of smart phones and social media.

"It becomes very hard for them to let go of when they're used to getting responses from their friends up until 1 or 2 am. To miss out on that social behavior is hard, and even when they're tired, they'll still be trying to check their messages," said Atkinson.

A study out of Pittsburgh found that it only takes two consecutive nights of four hours of sleep for a changes to happen in the brain of a teenager.

Canadian lawmakers wore hockey jerseys on Monday to honor the victims and their families of that tragic bus crash in Canada that killed 16 people.
The bus was carrying the junior league Humboldt hockey team to a game when a tractor-trailer slammed into the bus.
Sixteen were killed and thirteen people were injured in the crash.
Today's remembrance was one of a number of events that honored the team and their families.
Earlier the lawmakers honored Rusty Staub, a major leaguer who played for the Montreal Expos and the New York Mets.

(Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

The changes affect the reward center of the brain and can lead to higher risks of depression and addiction.

"One might think because there's decreased activity in the reward system, they're going to be less likely to do rewarding activity, but it can be the opposite," he said.

He recommends parents set firm rules for their teen, like social media after 9 or 10 p.m.

If that doesn't work, he recommends turning off Wi-Fi and data to their phone.

Storms in Pennsylvania caused heavy damage to a large apartment building, leaving dozens without a place to live.
Residents of Luther Wood Apartments in Scranton have been evacuated after wind ripped the roof off the building. 
It happened just before 6 a.m. Monday.
As of 11 a.m., Scranton fire officials say 90-people have been evacuated from the building, and another 35 may be forced to leave.
A shelter is being set up to help the residents of the senior apartment complex.
No word on any injuries.

(Published Monday, April 16, 2018)