053 | Is there a link between youth screen media use late at night, sleep-wake circadian rhythm changes in puberty and academic performance?


Author: Carlos Francisco Arias | Email: ariascarlosfrancisco@gmail.com

Carlos Francisco Arias , Tomás Andrés González

1° PROICO 12-0118
2° LICIC (Laboratorio de Investigación de Ciencias del Comportamiento)
3° Facultad de Psicología
4° Universidad Nacional de San Luis

The increase in portable electronic devices and screen media habits late at night, used by young adolescents, is concerning the education community about the delaying sleep on set, the sleep deprivation and poor academic performance. This scientific article aims to analyze the sleep-wake circadian rhythm in teenagers and its relationship with emotional, cognitive, and overall health development. The article studies the changes in sleep-wake circadian rhythm during adolescence, the delay in sleep phase, the use of screens at night, and their association with academic performance and morning school schedule. The approach of chronobiology and chronopsychology is employed to understand how biological and social rhythms affects teenagers daily life. The importance of chronotypes and genetic variability in synchronizing rhythms with the light-dark cycle is emphasized. Additionally, the effects of “Social Jet Lag” in adolescents are discussed, and the relationship between puberty and changes in sleep-wake rhythm is explored. It becomes necessary to start promoting at school, sleep health habits looking for psychoeducate teenagers as a way to reduce sleep deprivation during the week, and all the risk in mental health associated, enhancing the academic performance.

Key Words: chronopsychology- adolescents- sleep deprivation – school schedule