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Teens face mobile stress

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12:43 CET+01:00
Mobile phones are a scourge, damaging teenagers who believe that they must always be reachable and who are kept awake by SMS signals through the night. That's the view of Swedish doctors who have warned that increasing numbers of teenagers are suffering from insomnia caused by their mobiles.

"This is a time bomb for burn-out among youngsters," said Ulla Palenius, a doctor at Karlstad's upper schools, to the local paper Nya Wermlands-Tidningen.

"The fear of not being in the loop or of missing something is huge," she said.

She is meeting more, and younger, pupils who are suffering from sleeplessness and concentration difficulties.

"The body has sleep and relaxation requirements. If those are not met than there is a considerable risk of stress-related illnesses," Palenius told the paper.

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