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Let's make our topic: What is the relationship between cell phone use and sleep quality in adolescents?
Possible Search Terms:
|cell phone||sleep quality||adolescents|
|mobile phone||sleep hygiene||teenagers|
Putting the Search together:
("cell phone" OR "mobile phone" OR "portable phone") AND ("sleep quality" OR "sleep hygiene" OR somnolence) AND (adolescents OR teenagers OR youth)