Screen time should not be more than 2 hours: Doctors

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Dr Sumit Singh and Dr Manish Mahajan

Rohit Shishodia

The exposure time to screens of smartphones or any electronic gadgets should not be more than two hours, doctors of Gurugram’s Artemis Hospital said while speaking during a meeting on the occasion of World Brain Day on July 22, 2022.

“It should not be more than that. Unfortunately, we do not stick to this rule. The more screen time the more will be chances of headache, stroke and epilepsy,” Dr Sumit Singh, Chief-Neurology and Co-Chief Stroke Unit at Artemis Hospital said.

Stating that brain abnormalities do not occur overnight, Dr Singh added, “It does not mean that if you are using a smartphone you will get a headache in six months. Prolonged use of any electronic gadget affects the brain,” he added.

Pointing out that many people complain about sleeping problems, Dr Singh said, “One of the biggest causes of lack of sleep is the usage of smartphones.”

“When a person goes to bed and feels sleepy he takes his phone and checks his Whatsapp, Facebook status and Youtube shorts. This interrupts sleep, he further said.

Speaking about brain stroke during the meet, they pointed out that the incidence of brain stroke has increased in youngsters in recent years.

Explaining the risk factors of brain stroke, Dr Manish Mahajan, Senior Consultant, Neurology and Head of Neuroimmunology at Artemis Hospital said that there are modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors.

“We cannot do anything much about non-modifiable risk factors but we can change modifiable risk factors,” he said.

 “Hypertension and mental stress increase the chances of brain stroke. Mental stress increases the chances of brain stroke indirectly. Diabetes, high cholesterol and excessive alcohol drinking are major risk factors for brain stroke,” he further said.

 “The risk factors I have spoken about have been highly observed in youngsters,” he stressed.

Stating that many people do not recognise the risk factors of stroke, Dr Mahajan said that during stroke, certain body functions change suddenly.

 “You can spot stroke by identifying FAST. While F stands for face drooping, A stands for Arm weakness, S stands for speech difficulty and T stands for time," he explained.

"Now we have made it BE FAST, where B means imbalance and E for vision problems. If such an issue happens suddenly, you need to consult a doctor,” Dr Mahajan added.


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